Date: June 30, 2015

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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MLB - Trout joins an exclusive group of young power-hitters

Mike Trout reached the 20-homer mark in a season for the fourth time in his MLB career when he slammed a solo blast off CC Sabathia in the third inning of the Angels' game against the Yankees in Anaheim on Monday. Trout, at age 23 years, 326 days, is the 11th player in major-league history to hit 20 or more home runs in a season four times before his 24th birthday. The others are Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Conigliaro, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Giancarlo Stanton.

Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees


MLB - Cody Anderson's impressive first two MLB starts

Cleveland rookie Cody Anderson, in his second major-league start, posted his first big-league victory with a 7-1 win at Tampa Bay in which he flirted with history, carrying a perfect game through the first out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Anderson's bid for baseball immortality was spoiled when former Indian Grady Sizemore hit a one-out home run, but he allowed only one other hit and did not issue a walk in the eight innings he pitched.

In his first start against the Rays in Cleveland on June 21, Anderson pitched 7 2/3 innings without allowing a run but he was not involved in the decision in a game the Indians won, 1-0. In the expansion era (i.e., 1961 to date), the only other pitchers who made their first two major-league starts for the Indians while pitching at least seven innings and giving up no more than one run in each game are Luis Tiant (1964) and Dennis Eckersley (1975).

Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays


MLB - Kipnis notches another 3-hit game

Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes each banged out three hits to help lead the Indians to a 7-1 win over the Rays on Monday. It was the first 3-hit game of the season for Gomes and the 12th time that Kipnis has recorded at least three hits in a game this year. Kipnis leads all American League players in 3-hit games this season - one ahead of Miguel Cabrera with 11 - despite not registering his first such game until May 3 (his 24th game).

Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays


MLB - Hamilton steals four bases for the third time

Billy Hamilton registered four of the Reds' six stolen bases in their 11-7 win over the Twins. It's the second time that Hamilton has swiped at least four bases in one game this season - he had five against the Cubs in Chicago on June 14 - and the third time he's done so in his brief major-league career (Hamilton's first four-steal game came on Sept. 18, 2013 at Houston, only 15 days after he made his big-league debut). The only other active major-leaguer who has recorded as many as three games with at least four stolen bases is Ichiro Suzuki with three (two for the Mariners and one for the Yankees). Hamilton is the first major-league player with two four-steal games in one calendar month since May 2005, when the Yankees' Tony Womack and the White Sox's Scott Podsednik both had a pair of them.

Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins


MLB - Tucker Barnhart's 4-hit game

Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart posted his first 4-hit game as a major-leaguer in Cincinnati's win over Minnesota. It was the fifth time that a Reds batter posted four or more hits in a game this season and the third time that a Cincinnati catcher did so, with Brayan Pena having notched a pair of 4-hit performances earlier this month (June 10 vs. Philadelphia and June 17 vs. Detroit). The Brewers are the only other major-league team with two catchers who have recorded a 4-hit game this season: Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado. The last pair of Reds catchers to do that before Pena and Barnhart was Ryan Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez in 2011.

Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins


MLB - Buchholz posts his 4th June victory

Clay Buchholz pitched eight innings and gave up only one run in his 3-1 win at Toronto on Monday. Buchholz, who was 2-6 in his 10 starts this season through the end of May, posted a 4-0 record in his six starts in June and in each of the four victories he pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than one earned run. He's the first Red Sox pitcher to record at least four such wins in one calendar month since Tim Wakefied notched four in September 2002.

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays


MLB - Moreland goes deep twice

Mitch Moreland slugged a pair of home runs in the Rangers' 8-1 win at Baltimore. It was Moreland's first two-homer game this season and the sixth of his major-league career. He leads the Rangers in hits (30), home runs (7) and runs batted in (21) this month. Moreland's seven June home runs are the second-most he's hit in any calendar month of his major-league career; he banged out eight home runs for Texas in May 2013.

Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers


MLB - Like Fields, Lucroy would rather be in Philly

Jonathan Lucroy produced four hits (all singles) in five at-bats in the Brewers' 7-4 victory in Philadelphia. Lucroy has played his entire major-league career with the Brewers but he's recorded more games with four or more hits in Philadelphia (two) than in Milwaukee (one). Lucroy, who went 5-for-5 in a game at Philadelphia on May 31, 2013, has a .500 career batting average at Citizens Bank Park, with 22 hits in 44 at-bats there. That's the highest batting average in that ballpark by any player with more than 20 at-bats there.

Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies


MLB - McCullers excels in 1st full month in bigs

Astros rookie Lance McCullers pitched seven innings and allowed only one run in his win against the Royals on Monday. McCullers, who made his major-league debut six weeks ago (May 18), was 3-2 with a 2.11 ERA in his six starts for Houston in June, giving up only 22 hits in the 38 1/3 innings he pitched. McCullers' .164 opponents batting average this month is the lowest for any American League qualifying pitcher in June and the third-lowest in the majors, behind the .145 mark posted by Washington's Max Scherzer and the .157 average against the Mets' Jacob deGrom.

Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals