Mike Trout matched Tim Salmon on Friday for the most home runs in Angels history, with 299. But there’s still one franchise home run record Salmon still holds, and likely will into 2021.
Salmon hit 160 home runs at home, in what was called Anaheim Stadium, Edison Field, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim during his career (1992-2006). That’s the most in the history of the ballpark, 10 more than Trout.
Trout this season has excelled in Anaheim, hitting .344/.436/.797 with nine home runs, 20 runs batted in, and 18 runs scored in 17 home games.
Anthony Rendon gets a rare start off, just the second time out of the Angels lineup since returning from the injured list on July 28. Rendon’s other non-start in that time was in the second game of the Angels’ last doubleheader, on August 25 in Houston.
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Franklin Barreto gets the start at third base in Rendon’s absence, batting sixth. It’s the third position in three days for Barreto, who started at second base Thursday and in left field Friday. He is 0-for-8 since joining the Angels this week, and counting his time with Oakland, Barreto is 0-for-18 with 11 strikeouts this season.
Peters was dealing with an oblique issue in summer camp, and was on the injured list until getting activated and optioned on Tuesday. The Angels haven’t said who will start Game 2 of the doubleheader, which is expected to be a bullpen game.
“He’s up to 60 pitches and four innings,” manager Joe Maddon said of Peters on a conference call Saturday. “He knows what he’s doing. He knows how to pitch, he’s definitely not afraid. If we need him, we’re going to use him.”
The left-hander had a 5.38 ERA and 6.23 FIP in 17 games, including 12 starts, with the Angels in 2019.
The Astros placed All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve on the injured list with a right knee sprain, so the Angels won’t see the former MVP in this series.
Houston also activated pitchers Jose Urquidy and Brad Peacock from the injured list, and Urquidy will start the second game of the doubleheader. Left-handed pitcher Cionel Perez was optioned.
The Astros’ 29th player for today’s doubleheader is pitcher Humberto Castellanos.