The Charlotte Observer



Angels: The Angels fortified their thin outfield by signing Adam Eaton to a major league deal Wednesday, two days after the 32-year-old veteran was granted his unconditio­nal release by the Chicago White Sox.

The left-handed-hitting Eaton, a key member of the Washington Nationals club that won the World Series in 2019, hit .201 with a .642 on-base-plussluggi­ng percentage, five homers, 28 RBIs and 33 runs in 58 games for the White Sox this season.

The speedy Eaton has compiled a .278 average, .768 OPS, 65 homers, 165 doubles, 46 triples and 317 RBIs in 10 big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbac­ks, White Sox and Nationals.

The Angels have played the last 49 games without Mike Trout, the three-time American League most valuable player and star center fielder who suffered a right-calf strain May 17.

Left fielder Justin Upton, the team’s hottest hitter when he suffered a lower-back strain on June 22, has been out for almost a month. And the Angels lost right fielder Dexter Fowler to seasonendi­ng knee surgery in early April.

Blue Jays: Toronto won’t find out by this weekend whether they will get permission from the federal government to play in Canada soon, a government official familiar with the talks said Wednesday.

A team spokeswoma­n said the club continues to work with the federal government toward playing games at Rogers Centre starting July 30, and expected to receive a response by Friday.

The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessenti­al travel. Major League Baseball will require an exemption for non-vaccinated players and staff to play in Canada.

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