In the middle of a fight for a spot in post-season play, the Los Angeles Angels got a powerful boost Thursday went they acquired Justin Upton, a three-time All-Star, from the Detroit Tigers for cash, a minor league prospect, and a player to be named later.
Upton is hitting .279 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs. To clear a spot on the roster, the Angels put Cameron Maybin on waivers and he was picked up by the Houston Astros. Upton has an opt-out clause in his contract, so it’s possible he may be a short-term addition to the team.
“Honestly, that’s something we haven’t discussed,” Upton said. “But what I’m excited about is being back into playoff contention and trying to help out the Angels to get to where they want to go, and I think I can be a piece to help with that.”
Upton, who has a lifetime batting average of .269, will likely be playing left field for the Angels, who were idle Thursday. They will start a series on Friday against the Rangers in Texas.
The Angels also acquired Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves. He’s a veteran 36-year-old with 2,000 career hits.
Rams lose final pre-season game to Packers
It was a game without stars as both teams used only their second- and third-string players, but there was one winner Thursday night in Green Bay. The Packers (3-1) outlasted the Rams 24-10 in the final pre-season contest for both teams.
Justin Davis was the top rusher for the Rams (2-2) with 55 yards on 17 carries.
Former UCLA star Brett Hundley did better for the Packers, going 11 of 21 for 99 yards and one TD.
The Rams will open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 10 hosting the Indianapolis Colts.
Chargers fall to 49ers 23-13 in Santa Clara
In their final warmup for the NFL season, the San Diego Chargers lost 23-13 to the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. Falling behind 20-3 at halftime, the Bolts offense had trouble finding the end zone. In fact, the offense didn’t score any touchdowns. The Chargers (1-3) got two field goals, and their sole TD came on a 30-yard return of an interception by Kyle Coleman.
The Chargers will open their regular season on Monday, Sept. 11 in Denver, taking on the Broncos.