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No birthday heroics for Trout...Former Cy Young winners meet...Serena in a funk

August 7, 2018

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels’ game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles’ fans of what’s become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his birthday. Trout turns 27 today, and he has a history of throwing celebrations for himself. He has homered on his birthday four times in his first six full big-league seasons.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Braves and Nationals open a four-game series with a doubleheader. Atlanta is right on Philadelphia’s heels in the NL East race, while Washington is five games back of the Braves. Atlanta’s Max Fried faces Jefry Rodriguez in the opener, and Nationals ace Max Scherzer opposes Sean Newcomb in the nightcap.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Struggling former AL Cy Young Award winners Bartolo Colon and Felix Hernandez will be on the mound when the Rangers host the Mariners in the middle game of their three-game series. The last victory for both hefty right-handers came on June 30. Colon, the 45-year-old hurler who was the 2005 Cy Young winner while with the Angels, has lost five consecutive starts for Texas since his 246th career win that matched Dennis Martinez for the most by a player born in Latin America.

SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano has begun his minor league rehab assignment ahead of his return from an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. Cano played Monday for Triple-A Tacoma and is scheduled to play there again tonight. After that, he may play some games for Class A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin Seattle on Aug. 14. When he does, he’s expected to play first, second and third base.

UNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams says she’s been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are “totally normal.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons. In an Instagram post, she says she was “in a funk” last week, and was feeling like she was “not a good mom” to her baby.

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