Mike Trout homered in the eighth inning Tuesday to complete his first cycle in the Angels' 12-0 massacre of the Mariners.
Trout struck out in his first at-bat, but he singled, tripled and doubled afterwards before delivered his ninth homer off Lucas Luetge in the eighth. He drove in five runs in all, and he became the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Mel Ott in 1929. Trout has his average up to .293, and he's currently on pace to finish the season with 32 homers, 112 runs scored, 122 RBI and 32 steals.
Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a run scored to help the Royals come back and beat the Astros 7-3 on Tuesday.
Gordon is currently enjoying a nine-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .514 (18-for-35) with four doubles. He's now batting .352/.384/.536 through 42 games, and his move to the No. 3 hole seems to be permanent. The Royals' most consistent hitter and one of the hottest hitters in the league, the 29-year-old could be looking at a career year.
Kelly Johnson hit his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday to help the Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-3.
After a down year in 2012, Johnson is now hitting .273/.345/.508 on the year with eight home runs and 25 RBI. The 31-year-old has seen time at second base and in the outfield this season, and his versatility means he's in the lineup more often than not. He looks on track for a bounceback season.
Bud Norris left Tuesday's start against the Royals following six scoreless innings after aggravating his back injury.
Norris was originally supposed to start Sunday after leaving his previous outing with back spasms but was pushed back just in case. Obviously, it appears that he's not over the ailment. The righty gave up just five hits and two walks over six frames before exiting Tuesday. The Astros should provide an update on his status after the game.
Addison Reed picked up his 16th save on Tuesday in the White Sox' victory over the Red Sox.
Reed's 16 saves now rank behind only Jason Grilli and Mariano Rivera for the league lead, and he's blown just one opportunity on the year. The right-hander owns a 2.14 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, having struck out 24 batters in 21 innings. And after serving up six home runs last season, he's yet to be taken deep thus far. It's shaping up to be a big year for the young righty.
Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) ran in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game.
It's the first time he's run since a left hamstring strain forced him to the disabled list earlier this month. Ramirez is being brought along slowly, but it appears that he has a shot to return closer to the short end of his 4-6 week timetable.
Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday in the Braves' 5-4 extra-innings win over the Twins.
Freddie Freeman also had a big game, hitting an RBI double to get Atlanta on the board in the first inning and a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. McCann singled twice and hit a solo shot in fourth. He is now batting .282/.383/.590 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 12 games since returning from the disabled list.