Trout and Angels start fast in 15-6 romp at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits for the fast-starting Los Angeles Angels in a 15-6 victory over the freefalling Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
The first four Angels batters in the game had hits and scored. It all got started when Kole Calhoun had a leadoff triple into the right-field corner, then trotted home on an errant relay throw that bounced into the seats.
Calhoun had four hits and scored four times while finishing a homer shy of a cycle. He had three hits in the first three innings for the Angels, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
The Rangers have lost five straight and 19 of 22. They have the worst winning percentage in the majors at .413 with their 38-54 record.
Hector Santiago struck out eight in six innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits.
Rangers SS Andrus out after getting spiked
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus left Thursday night's game with the Los Angeles Angels after being spiked on the left ankle while turning a double play.
The Rangers said Andrus was receiving treatment on the lower part of his ankle and that the injury wasn't considered serious. He got hurt in the second inning.
Andrus initially stayed in the game, but ran slowly after grounding out in the third. When Texas took the field in the fourth, already down 13-2, Adam Rosales moved from second to shortstop and Rougned Odor took over at second base.
On the play that he got hurt, Andrus fielded a grounder up the middle by Howie Kendrick. The shortstop stepped on the base in front of the sliding Erick Aybar before making the relay throw.
Rangers' Fielder focuses on healing, not playing
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is focused on healing after neck surgery and not worried about when he will play again.
Fielder said Thursday that he is doing a little rehab, but nothing too serious or baseball-wise yet. He had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27.
Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse for the first time since the operation, Fielder said he is motivated to get back but isn't pushing anything.
He isn't expected to play again this season, but should be ready for spring training.
Fielder had played in 547 consecutive games since 2010 when he played his last game May 16. He hit .247 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games in his first season with Texas.
Texas official: No football alcohol sales
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas System chancellor says he won't approve beer and wine sales at Longhorns football games in Austin this fall.
Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told the Austin American Statesman that he and UT Austin President Bill Powers agreed the school needs more study of alcohol sales at basketball, baseball and track events before allowing it at football games.
Texas long banned alcohol sales at athletic events before allowing some last spring.
Cigarroa says there were no problems with alcohol sales so far, but he added that he doesn't want to rush it for football games that draw close to 100,000 fans.
No players taken in NFL's supplemental draft
NEW YORK (AP) - None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.
League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players - New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead - went undrafted and are now free agents.
The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid - for which round they would take that player - is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year's draft.
ASTRODOME DEMOLITION PLAN
Texans, rodeo devise Astrodome demolition plan
HOUSTON (AP) - They say it's more of a concept than a plan, but the Houston Texans and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have developed a $66 million idea that involves demolishing the historic Astrodome.
The 37-page booklet mostly of artist renderings obtained by The Associated Press late Thursday shows the domed stadium replaced with a green space and "Astrodome Hall of Fame."
A brochure shows a construction timetable that ends with the 2017 Super Bowl - but would have started work June 2.
Rodeo operations chief Leroy Shafer says, in reality, there is no timetable because the plan is not being placed before the Harris County commissioners for a decision on the county-owned stadium.
The plan was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.
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