Orange County connections run deep among Grant Green, Hank Conger, Mark Trumbo.

Grant Green

Grant Green (left) collected two hits in his Angels debut Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Nine years ago, Grant Green, Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo were among Orange County’s brightest young baseball stars. It’s still true. When the Angels recalled Green from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, it reunited the former Anaheim Canyon star with Conger (Huntington Beach) and Trumbo (Villa Park) in the same clubhouse.

Their paths in amateur baseball overlapped just enough that there are a few stories.
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Angels’ Albert Pujols feels ‘decent’ after a restful All-Star break.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols said he doesn’t feel any improvement in his right knee or foot since before the All-Star break. (Associated Press photo)

Albert Pujols didn’t want the All-Star break to end.

Not because his knee was in pain, not because his plantar fasciitis has been acting up. His son, A.J., has a big game.

“I wish I could be with my son in Cooperstown,” Pujols said Friday. “He’s in a tournament. He told me he’s going to be in Cooperstown before me.”
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Postgame notes: A strange game caps a good series for the Angels.

The Angels’ 10-9 win over the Seattle Mariners was fun for a night. As I pointed out in my game story, they did something that no team had never done, beating Felix Hernandez after falling behind by seven runs.

Because it was such an anomaly it’s hard to extrapolate any long-term, big-picture ideas about what the win means for the Angels. Mike Scioscia tried.

“Hopefully it’ll inspire you the next time you’re down by two, three runs at any time in the game to just keep playing baseball. Hopefully that experience for some of the young guys out there — you just have to experience it, understand it.”
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