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AL West Notes: A.J. Reed, Angels history

The latest news from around the American League West.

Chicago White Sox v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Houston Astros rookie first baseman A.J. Reed has worked through some early struggles since getting called up from Triple-A on June 25. He started his big league career with an 0-for-16 stretch that included nine strikeouts.

He was able to cash-in for his first RBI during the road trip against the Royals, and said that last Friday he felt something during batting practice that allowed him to make an adjustment to his approach.

More news from around the American League West:

  • The Angels made history in a baseball game, and it didn’t include Mike Trout. Angels duo C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez both tallied at least five hits & five RBI’s, becoming the first pair of teammates to achieve that feat in the same game since 1936.
  • ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joined ESPN 710 Seattle’s “Bob, Groz and Tom” to talk about whether the Mariners should be buyers or sellers at this year’s trade deadline.
  • The A’s placed their sixth pitcher, this time Fernando Rodriguez, on the disabled list. This injury allowed lefty Patrick Schuster, on 2 and a half hours sleep, enjoy his first day in the major leagues.
  • For the Rangers, getting pitching back is going to be key. They made progress in that regard, with both Yu Darvish and Keone Kela making successful rehab outings.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Texas 52-32 — GB

Houston 44-39 7.5 GB

Seattle 43-40 8.5 GB

Oakland 36-47 15.5 GB

LA Angels 33-50 18.5 GB