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The Juice: Mike Trout gets best of King Felix, Paul Maholm blanks Mets on three hits

Mark Townsend
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The Juice is back for its fifth season of fun! Stop by each weekday (and now on Saturdays) for an ample serving of news from the action, plus great photos, stats and video highlights.

Trout knocks in five: After the Seattle Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead in support of Felix Hernandez, Mike Trout took it upon himself to dig his Los Angeles Angels out of the hole. First, Trout would connect for a three-run homer in the third, cutting it to 5-3. With the bases loaded his next time up, Trout would be credited with a rare two-run sacrifice fly (highlighted above) after right fielder Eric Thames' throw from the outfield skipped past Dustin Ackley.

That helped Trout tie a career-high with five RBIs — first achieved Aug. 30, 2011 in Seattle — and evened the score at five in the fifth. It would remain that way all the way until the ninth when Seattle reliever Josh Kinney uncorked a wild pitch allowing Peter Bourjos to slide home with the clinching run in the Angels' 6-5 victory.

Sometimes the best trades…: Are the ones you don't make. That's the old saying, and it might be the case for the Atlanta Braves, who ended up with their fall-back option in Paul Maholm and not their original target in Ryan Dempster. After a quality start in his Braves debut didn't lead them to a win, Maholm upped his game even more on Friday, going the distance and shutting out the New York Mets on three hits in a 4-0 win at Citi Field.

[Related: Young fan catches both of Manny Machado's first two career HRs]

Machado's strong start: The jury is still a long way from reaching a decision on whether or not the Baltimore Orioles made a good decision calling up 20-year-old phenom Manny Machado this season, but the early evidence is certainly supporting their thought process. Machado, in only his second big-league game, connected for two home runs in their 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals, making him the youngest Oriole ever with a multi-homer game. He's also the youngest player in baseball to accomplish it within his first two career games.

Danks cranks walk-off: Manny Machado wasn't the only rookie to hit his first home run on Friday. Chicago White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks did so as well, connecting for a ninth-inning homer against Pat Neshak to give Chicago a 4-3 walkoff win over the walkoff kings from Oakland. A.J. Pierzynski, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez also went deep for the White Sox in the ballgame, meaning all four of their runs came via a solo home run.

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Quote of the Day: '

"I was surprised they booed him as much as they did. I kind of stepped back to give him his moment to tip his hat, but he got booed too much and couldn't even do that.''

- Mark Buehrle comments on the response Hanley Ramirez received in his return to Miami. Hanley took it all in stride on the field, producing three hits and two RBIs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 5-2 win. Afterwards, he made it clear that he still has a lot of love for Marlins fans and appreciated their support over the years, but I'm sure the results had to feel awfully good.

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Photo of the Day: Honoring perfection

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The San Francisco Giants honored Matt Cain for his June 13 perfect game prior to their 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Here we see Cain giving thanks himself as he presents teammate Gregor Blanco with a framed photo commemorating his great seventh-inning grab that robbed Houston's Jordan Schafer and preserved the perfecto.

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[Related: Whistling Wrigley winds play tricks on Cubs and Reds]

Three Facts for the Water Cooler:

• The Boston Red Sox came up with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians behind a Cody Ross two-run homer and a two-hit complete game from Clay Buchholz. That's the good news. The bad news: Pete Abraham is reporting that Will Middlebrooks suffered a broken wrist after he was struck by an Esmil Rogers pitch in the ninth inning. If confirmed, he'll become the 24th different player to hit Boston's disabled list this season.

• The San Diego Padres rallied from a 7-1 deficit to extend their winning streak at PNC Park to 10 games with a 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chase Headley did most of the damage, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth and the game-winning two-run shot in the seventh.

• Congratulations are in order for the Houston Astros as they became the final team in 2012 to win in walkoff fashion in their 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Better last than never, we suppose.

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