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OUT LOUD

"Disturbing. Just trying to do the best I could to protect my hat and my face from getting pooped on. It was kind of strange. … Something was on the outfield grass. They seemed to enjoy it."

— Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick, who kept his glove on his head between pitches in the early innings of the A's 7-1 home win over Colorado on Monday as a flock of seagulls circled the field.

GAME OF NUMBERS

78

Games it took Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson to reach 20 homers, which he did Monday. He joined Albert Pujols in 2001 as the only NL rookies to hit 20 homers before the All-Star break.

6

AL players with four 20-homer seasons before the age of 24. The Angels' Mike Trout is the latest.

HE's bACK

Josh Hamilton

OF, Texas

The slugger came off the disabled list (strained left hamstring) Tuesday after not playing since May 31. Hamilton was batting .273 with two homers and five RBI in seven games this year. He was batting fifth and in left field against Baltimore.