The Angels made a bold move Thursday night when they promoted one of the highest rated prospects in baseball. Mike Trout will be in Anaheim for Friday's game against the Seattle Mariner after being called up from Double-A Arkansas to replace injured center fielder Peter Bourjos. Bourjos strained his left hamstring when he awkwardly returned to second base after hitting a RBI double in Thursday night's 5-1 Angel win. Trout, who is only 19, was hitting .324 with 32 extra-base hits, while also leading the Texas league with 28 stolen bases.
Starting in front of the Angels best prospect will be Ervin Santana. Although Santana (4-8, 3.89 ERA) has pitched well recently, he has had little to show for it. The right-hander went 7.2 innings Sunday against the Dodgers, giving up just one run on six hits with 8 strikeouts in the 3-1 win.
Making his first road start for the Mariners will be Blake Beavan (1-0, 1.29). The right-hander won his major league debut last Sunday when he pitched 7 innings of 3-hit, one run ball against the San Diego Padres after replacing Erik Bedard in the Seattle rotation.
First-time All-Star Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 16 with a RBI double Thursday. During his streak, Kendrick has gone 18 for 57 (.316) with 2 doubles, a triple, and a home run.
The Halos remain a game behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, and have gone 8-2 during their current 13-game home stand.
Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Howie Kendrick - 8 for his last 24 (.333)
Peter Bourjos - 8 for his last 21 (.381)
Torii Hunter - 5 for his last 15 (.333), 1 HR
Dustin Ackley - 5 for his last 17 (.294),1 HR
Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Alberto Callaspo - 3 for his last 16 (.188)
Mark Trumbo - 4 for his last 21 (.190)
Maicer Izturis - 2 for his last 24 (.083)
Carlos Peguero- 2 for his last 18 (.111)
Franklin Gutierrez -3 for his last 20 (.150)
Justin Smoak - 4 for his last 23 (.174)
Game time is 7:05 (PDT) and will be show in Fox Sports West. For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.