If Mike Trout is swinging a hot bat [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-tyson-ross-jersey]Tyson Ross Jersey[/url] , then Shohei Ohtani is swinging something akin to burning lumber.Both stars will look to continue their success at the plate when the Los Angeles Angels go for a three-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.Trout is coming off a tremendous performance in which he went 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs. The 27-year-old has 33 home runs on the year, matching his total from 2017, and is eight homers shy of his career high of 41 with 20 games to go in the season.Article continues below ...It seems unlikely that Trout will reach that mark, but anything is possible when he goes on a hot streak.Ohtani has been even better the past few days. He learned Wednesday he needed Tommy John surgery to fix a torn ligament in his elbow that will prevent him from pitching in 2019. But he still is able to swing a bat without pain, and he has made every at-bat count since.In his past three games, the 24-year-old Ohtani is 7-for-12 with a triple, three home runs and nine RBIs. He has increased his season batting average to .290 with 19 homers and 53 RBIs in 255 at-bats.“When he got injured on one thing, he can do another,” Trout told reporters in Chicago. “It’s pretty amazing. He could easily shut the season down, but he wants to finish out strong, and he’s worked hard in the (batting) cage and just in general coming to the field.”Los Angeles (70-72) will wrap up a 10-game road trip. The Angels enter the series finale with a 6-3 record on the trip, but have struggled overall since the All-Star break with a 21-24 record.Chicago (56-86) has fallen into another rut after playing well over the past few weeks. The White Sox have lost four games in a row, including the last two since learning that prized pitcher Michael Kopech also needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2019 season.Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney (8-9, 4.16 ERA) will make his 27th start. He has struggled on the road this year, posting a 1-6 record and a 5.02 ERA, compared with a 7-3 record and 3.26 ERA at home. In two career starts against the White Sox, he is 0-0 with a 2.31 ERA.Chicago will counter with right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (5-9, 4.37 ERA) [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-allen-craig-jersey]Allen Craig Jersey[/url] , who will make his 29th start. He is looking for his first win at home since June 26, when he topped the Minnesota Twins.Lopez has faced the Angels once, allowing four runs in six innings last season. He did not factor into the decision.The White Sox will conclude a 10-game homestand, during which they are 3-6, before heading on a nine-game, 11-day trip with series against the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.The White Sox remain without right-handed relief pitcher Nate Jones, who has been out since June 12 because of a strained muscle in his forearm. He has intensified his throwing regimen and could return before season’s end. He is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA and four saves in 27 games.“Our hope is he will be back,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria told reporters. CHICAGO (AP) — While David Bote is learning about the major leagues, baseball is learning about the rookie, too.Like be really, really careful when he steps to the plate in a big spot.Bote struck again on Friday, connecting in the 10th inning for another game-ending home run that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 for their third straight victory.The 25-year-old Bote, an 18th-round pick in the 2012 draft, got behind 0-2 before driving Raisel Iglesias’ next pitch deep to left field with one out. He flipped his batting helmet off as he approached his smiling teammates and tried unsuccessfully to sidestep a water-cooler shower before stepping on home plate.“I don’t know what was in that Gatorade bath. It smelled horrible,” a laughing Bote said. “But I mean it feels great, so it’s fun.”Bote created quite a splash earlier this month, hitting a bottom-of-the-ninth [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey]http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey[/url] , two-out grand slam on a Sunday night that beat Washington 4-3 on Aug. 12. Each of his five career homers has either tied the game or put the Cubs in front.“Just hunting spots on pitches and I was able to get a barrel on it,” he said.Iglesias (2-2) had made seven straight scoreless appearances. Jesse Chavez (4-2), the sixth Cubs reliever, pitched a scoreless inning for the win.“That was an extremely well-played game, well-pitched game,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.Daniel Murphy homered in the eighth for NL Central-leading Chicago, and Javier Baez had a run-scoring single in the sixth. Alec Mills pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his first major league start.Last-place Cincinnati wasted a solid performance by Matt Harvey in its fourth loss in five games. Harvey struck out six in 5 1/3 innings after he was reportedly claimed off waivers by the contending Brewers, only remaining with the Reds when they couldn’t work out a deal.“I didn’t know what to expect,” Harvey said. “There were some nerves, I guess, some different feelings coming through this morning. … I’m glad I’m still staying here the rest of the season.”Harvey is 6-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 starts after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets, salvaging his season after a rough start. But he is eligible for free agency this winter and isn’t expected to stay with the Reds.“He’s really good. If you want something good, you have to give up something, you know?” Riggleman said. “Obviously, nobody wanted to give up enough. In their eyes, they probably felt it was enough. We certainly didn’t think it was enough.”Bote and Albert Almora Jr. struck out swinging before Murphy drove the next pitch from Jared Hughes over the wall in right for his first homer since he was acquired in a trade with Washington on Tuesday.The crowd of 37,760 roared as Murphy rounded the bases, and the veteran second baseman acknowledged the cheers by popping out of the dugout for a curtain call.But Cincinnati responded with Eugenio Suarez’s leadoff drive on a 2-2 pitch from Pedro Strop in the ninth [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-gwynn-jersey]Tony Gwynn Jersey[/url] , tying it at 2. It was Suarez’s 29th homer, extending his career high, and just the second blown save for Strop since closer Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list last month.NOT QUITE THERECincinnati jumped in front on consecutive doubles by Mason Williams and Phillip Ervin leading off the second. It looked as if Williams had connected for his second homer, but a replay review showed the ball caromed off the front of a post holding up the basket in left-center.Williams had to go back to second, but he scored anyway when Ervin followed with a liner into the gap in left-center.HMMMMMMills struck out eight while filling in for Mike Montgomery, who is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Montgomery threw a bullpen session before the win and is scheduled for another one on Sunday.“We’ll wait ’til Sunday to figure out what we want to do next,” manager Joe Maddon said. “But Alec really permitted us to think different thoughts.”Reliever Dillon Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Mills on the roster.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: 1B Joey Votto (lower right leg) was scheduled for more work on Friday and Saturday. He could come off the disabled list on Sunday. “I’m getting more and more encouragement from him and the trainers,” Riggleman said.Cubs: OF Jason Heyward rested for the second straight day. Maddon said his left ankle has been bothering him. … 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) hit in the cage. “He felt really good about what he did,” Maddon said. … Morrow (right biceps inflammation) had an MRI on Thursday. “Everything’s fine,” Maddon said. “He’s still in his process of getting back.”UP NEXTReds right-hander Luis Castillo (7-10, 4.86 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana (10-9, 4.36 ERA) pitch on Saturday. Castillo is coming off a solid start against San Francisco, striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-4 victory on Sunday. Quintana is winless in his last three starts, but he pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in a no-decision at Pittsburgh in his previous outing.
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