Angels outfielder Mike Trout's rare blend of power and speed was reinforced in the eighth inning, when he stole second with the Angels up by one. Earlier, he belted a mammoth home run that manager Mike Scioscia estimated to travel 500 feet.
Following Thursday's off-day, when the A's decided to option infielder Hiro Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento rather than call him up when his 20-day rehab assignment expired, manager Bob Melvin said the decision was largely based on the roster he already has.
Manager John Gibbons and third baseman Brett Lawrie were ejected from Friday's game vs. the Orioles. Lawrie was called out on strikes with two men on, and he was tossed immediately after throwing his batting gloves toward his helmet and the home plate umpire.
Pitching continued to be the difference between winning and losing for Tampa Bay on Friday night as David Phelps held the Rays without a baserunner until the fifth inning while Roberto Hernandez struggled again as the Yankees drubbed the Rays, 9-4, before 17,825 at Tropicana Field.
Red Sox right-hander John Lackey quieted the Indians' potent lineup, making the few mistakes of starter Justin Masterson more glaring in an 8-1 loss. The Indians have suffered three defeats in a four-game stretch for the first time since the end of April.