Monday tidbits

February, 21, 2011
2/21/11
1:57
PM PT
Jered Weaver and Dan Haren, the Angels' top two starting pitchers, threw live batting practice to some hitters.

Haren faced Mike Trout, considered by many to be baseball's No. 1 prospect. Trout looked a little overmatched, mostly swinging and missing or foul-tipping some high fastballs. Then again, Trout took the winter off. He is less than two years removed from high school and the Angels didn't want him overextending himself after he played in the Pan-Am Games.
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One hitter who showed the effects of playing in winter ball is first baseman Mark Trumbo, who hit a couple of long drives off Weaver. Earlier in the morning, Weaver walked across the clubhouse and jokingly barked, "Hey Trumbo, keep it in the yard. Don't show me up!"

But Trumbo's first swing produced a long drive to the warning track in right-center and, a few swings later, he hit a vicious line drive over the left-field fence.
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Angels greats Tim Salmon and Chuck Finley are in camp as guest instructors. Salmon is taking a break from a heavy dose of coaching Little League baseball with his kids. He'll mostly be working with the young Angels players on the minor-league fields. He was wondering what Trout's nickname will be since many people in the Angels organization still call Salmon "Fish."

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169