Gordon Edes @GordonEdes
Olney: Angels could sure use Hamilton
"Josh Hamilton clubbed two homers for the Rangers in his fifth game back in the big leagues, mostly on the Angels' dime, and what must really gnaw on his old team -- his old team in Anaheim, that is -- is that they could really use a hitter like him right now, for the middle of their lineup." Power outage (Insider)
Hamilton's better in Texas
Josh Hamilton has been much better throughout his career as a Ranger than an Angel. His batting average is 50 points higher with the Rangers, and he has homered every 17.7 AB with the Rangers compared to every 29.5 AB with the Angels.
From strikeouts to grand slams
Derek Norris struck out 4 times in the first 8 innings Friday vs. the Pirates. But his at-bat with two out in the 9th and the bases loaded in a tie game went differently: He hit a walk-off grand slam, the first in MLB this season. Norris is only the 8th player in the live-ball era to have 4 K's and a grand slam in the same game, but the first to have the slam be a walk-off.
Sacrifice is necessary for a Web Gem
Only the greats are willing to put it all out there to make a great play. Does Brock Holt's slide into a wall in foul territory for the catch top Alex Gordon's reigning Web Gem?
Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN
Zack Wheeler turns 25 today.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
ELIAS: The Giants have secured first 21-win month since Aug. 1968. And they moved into first place in NL West with their Friday victory.
Pujols powers Angels past Tigers
Albert Pujols hits his 10th home run of the season and the Angels blanked the Tigers 2-0.
Final: Padres 6, Pirates 2
It looked like Pittsburgh would escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam, but Derek Norris brought everybody home, including himself, with a two-out walk-off grand slam. Box score