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ANAHEIM http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Calif. (AP) —Trout the highest-paid athlete in North American team sports history. Once his contract is signed, the most productive baseball player of his generation will get $432 million to stay in Orange County through 2030.This franchise’s cornerstone is cemented in place. It’s time to construct a championship team on top of that cornerstone, and the Angels plan to continue the work all summer long.Trout’s record commitment sent a jolt of optimism through the Angels this week as they completed their preparations in Arizona. The homegrown two-time AL MVP has given an unequivocal vote of confidence in the notion that Los Angeles will be a World Series contender again soon.The Angels aren’t among the favorites this season, not while Shohei Ohtani recovers from Tommy John surgery and Albert Pujols spends another expensive year attempting to recapture his youth. But with a retooled pitching staff and moderate lineup additions, the Angels expect progress after finishing with three consecutive losing records for the first time since 1992-94.Los Angeles has made incremental improvements to nearly everything about the franchise during general manager Billy Eppler’s three years in charge. The latest big change is in the dugout, where manager Mike Scioscia’s 19-year tenure has ended and Brad Ausmus has replaced him.Ausmus and a completely revamped coaching staff will bring a new perspective. Yet the Angels are in even bigger need of consistent health after two straight injury-plagued years, particularly on the mound.If Ausmus makes an impact and his pitchers stay healthy, Trout could lead a quick revival in the Angels’ fortunes. It might not be enough to get past Houston or even Oakland in the AL West, but Trout believes the Angels are on the right path.Here are more things to know about the Halos:1-2 PUNCH: The Angels made their biggest offseason additions to a starting rotation that has been decimated by injuries. Former Mets ace Matt Harvey and veteran starter Trevor Cahill will be counted on for durability and consistency while the rest of the rotation falls in line behind them. Cahill will start on opening day, while the 29-year-old Harvey is showing signs of continuing the career revitalization that began last season in Cincinnati. The Angels are long overdue for a little bit of pitching good fortune, and maybe Harvey and Cahill will provide it.ON HIS WAY: Ohtani won’t be ready for opening day, but the AL Rookie of the Year is on track to return to the lineup as the Angels’ designated hitter early in the season. Nobody has put a timetable on the Japanese star’s return Paul Molitor Jersey , but he will impact the playing time of the 39-year-old Pujols, who must stay in shape to play first base.HISTORY ON DECK: Speaking of Pujols, he starts the season sixth in baseball history with 633 homers. Willie Mays is fifth with 660. Pujols is coming off another offseason surgery, but he hopes to improve on his 19 homers and career-low 64 RBIs last year. He still has three seasons remaining on his 10-year, $240 million contract.NEW FACES: Harvey and Cahill are important, but the Angels also added Cody Allen, Cleveland’s career saves leader, to anchor an inconsistent bullpen that could feature several new arms, depending on who sticks on the roster. The Angels’ biggest position player additions were slugging first baseman Justin Bour and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the immediate starter behind the plate.ROOKIES TO WATCH: For the first time in years, the Angels might actually have a couple of these. Eppler’s farm system is headlined by Jo Adell, the 19-year-old outfielder who suffered a weird leg injury during a spring training game. He’ll be back on the fast track to the big leagues this summer alongside right-hander Jose Suarez http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , shortstop Luis Rengifo and UCLA product Griffin Canning, who looks ready to help the major-league staff soonest of all. ATLANTA (AP) — After four at-bats, DJ LeMahieu was still looking for his first hit and felt he hadn’t made good contact.He was just saving his best swing for extra innings.The Colorado Rockies struck for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning before LeMahieu homered over the center field wall in the 10th Saturday night in a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.LeMahieu’s drive off Luke Jackson cleared the 400-foot mark — the deepest part of the park.“I hadn’t really hit the ball hard all night,” he said. “I was just trying to get on base.”Carlos Gonzalez followed with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s single to complete a frustrating blown save for fill-in closer A.J. Minter.Minter came in with a 3-0 lead to begin the ninth and retired the first two Colorado batters. But the Rockies followed with four straight hits, including a two-run double by Ian Desmond and a tying single by pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra.Minter has been Atlanta’s closer since Arodys Vizcaino went on the disabled list last month with shoulder trouble.Braves trainer George Poulis visited Minter on the mound early in the ninth to examine a cut on Minter’s left thumb. Minter said a fingernail caused the cut on his second pitch.“It had nothing to do with the outcome of the game,” Minter said, adding the blown save was “just pretty pathetic on my part. My job was to come in and get three outs, especially in a three-run game, and I didn’t get the job done.”Braves manager Brian Snitker described Minter, a rookie, as “still a work in progress” while mastering the command of pitches.“It hasn’t been great for a few outings, really Justin Smoak Jersey ,” Snitker said. “He has continued to make pitches and not give in and get through it.”LeMahieu hit his 10th homer with one out in the 10th off Jackson (1-1).The Braves stranded a runner at third base in the ninth when Adam Ottavino (5-2) struck out Dansby Swanson to end the inning. Wade Davis pitched the 10th for his 34th save.The Rockies have won the first three games of the four-game series to stay close to NL West-leading Arizona.The NL East-leading Braves remained one-half game ahead of second-place Philadelphia.Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up four hits in seven innings and struck out nine.Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the third inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits and a walk, scored twice and stole a base. Acuna singled, stole second and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single off Bryan Shaw in the eighth.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: INF Pat Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to clear a roster spot for Senzatela, who had been on the 10-day disabled list since Aug. 5 with right shoulder inflammation.Braves: Snitker said LHP Max Fried (left groin strain) will make another rehab start before he’s able to return to Atlanta. He allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.LEADOFF MAGICAcuna extended his Atlanta franchise-record streak to reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game when he singled in the first inning. He has four homers, three singles, one walk and a hit by pitch when leading off games over that span.RECORD CROWDThere was occasional light rain but no delay following an afternoon of sometimes heavy downpours. Despite the threatening weather, the sellout of 42,143 set a SunTrust Park record.UP NEXTRockies: RHP German Marquez (10-9, 4.51) is coming off a win over Justin Verlander and the Astros in Houston on Tuesday. He is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA since June 30 and is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five road starts.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.07) will try to extend his perfect career record against the Rockies. Sanchez is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in six career starts against Colorado.

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