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Trout's two-run double increases Angels' big lead (0:29)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers starter Bud Norris gave his team a scoreless first inning against the Rays. When last seen, Norris was pitching late into the night Friday, picking up some relief innings in the Dodgers' eventual 16-inning defeat at St. Louis.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Clayton Kershaw, who says that watching the Dodgers step up in his absence has been inspiring.

Lineup: Dodgers (56-44) vs Rays (38-60)

  • 1. Chase Utley, 2B (L)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Howie Kendrick, LF (R)
  • 6. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  • 7. Andrew Toles, RF (L)
  • 8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  • 9. Bud Norris, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw still is not throwing after a setback with his back injury saying, "I'm trying to make it back to have an impact on this season for our team." Kershaw said he realizes how much he loves the game of baseball and has come to some realizations while he has been away.

Lineup: Angels (44-55) at Royals (48-50)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 4. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 5. Daniel Nava, LF (S)
  • 6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 7. Ji-Man Choi, 1B (S)
  • 8. Carlos Perez, C (R)
  • 9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B (R)
  • SP: Tyler Skaggs, LHP
  • Daily notes

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Will Trojans' uptick continue?

USC went 5-1 in the Pac-12 and 3-0 at home after Clay Helton took over for Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans did lose four games under Helton, but none against unranked opponents.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

From UCLA: Jonah Bolden is leaving to play pro ball and will lose two years of eligibility. Not good. He made 11 starts and played in 31 games last season. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 boards. But losing a player now is not ideal.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA forward Jonah Bolden is leaving the Bruins and will look to play professionally, per the school.

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Small chance Angels trade Mike Trout

Trout is a five-tool player who brings fans to the ballpark. However, David Schoenfield writes that the Angels front office should consider listening to offers for the 24-year-old in the offseason. Untouchable players for all 30 teams

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Rome and Lakers not built in a day

Luke Walton's first team figures to win significantly more games than last season's 17-65 disaster. But ESPN's ninth annual Summer Forecast doesn't see the improved Lakers escaping the conference cellar next season. Forecast: 2016-17 West standings

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Small chance Dodgers trade Julio Urias

Urias is currently back in the minors, but we saw enough from him to know he'll be a key part of the 2017 rotation. The Dodgers are still loaded with prospects if they want to make a big deal, writes David Schoenfield. Untouchable players for all 30 teams

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Could Seager earn #MLBRank spot?

Entering this season, Corey Seager had the eighth-most projected WAR among position players for the future, notes Dan Szymborski. But thanks to his .306/.363/.525 production so far this season, he's on target to eclipse that projection. #MLBRank: Future top 100 candidates

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Tim Lincecum to stay in Angels rotation?

Lincecum himself suggested he would be OK with moving to the bullpen to figure out what's been going wrong, but manager Mike Scioscia believes his best option is to stay in the rotation. "His upside as a major league starter is very real," Scioscia said. Los Angeles Daily News

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Fewer wins, higher finish for Clippers?

That's what ESPN's expert panel predicts in our ninth annual Summer Forecast. They'll pass the Thunder and finish third in the conference while still second in the Pacific Division. Forecast: 2016-17 West standings

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Pujols, Angels follow winning formula

Albert Pujols drove in four runs in the Angels' win on Monday. It was Pujols's 64th career game with at least four RBIs, and his teams are 60-4 in those games (.938), the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The only player with at least 60 four-RBI games whose teams had a better record in those contests was Joe DiMaggio (60-2-1 in 63 games, .968).

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' four-man rotation continues with Bud Norris (Tues,) and Brandon McCarthy (Wed.) facing the Rays. The Dodgers are taking advantage of off days Monday, Thursday and Monday of next week to go with four starters until 8/6 against Boston.

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Will Jared Goff start in Week 1?

The No. 1 overall pick is more talented than Case Keenum, but he's far from a lock to win the job by opening day. As John Clayton points out, Jeff Fisher has a history of patience with young QBs. QB battles