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Fever comeback to upset Sparks (1:34)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough second inning for Rich Hill as he scuffled through a 36-pitch inning that included four walks and some words with umpire Rob Drake about the strike zone. He was lucky to survive with just the two runs Kolten Wong drove in. Between his issues with blisters and shaky command when he has been able to pitch, Hill is a long way from the starter who had a 2.12 ERA last season.

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Despite the Angels loss, Mike Trout stayed hot on Wednesday night. Since his 1st full season in 2012, Trout has 62 games with multiple extra-base hits, most in MLB. The next closest in that span is Miguel Cabrera (58).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A key surprise for the Dodgers has been infielder Chris Taylor, acquired last summer from the Mariners. He began the season in Triple-A, but enters Wednesday's game hitting .326/.437/.570 in 30 games. He even makes his first MLB appearance in the outfield, filling in for Joc Pederson, who has the night off after Tuesday's collision with Yasiel Puig.

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Souza Jr. slugs a pair of long balls (0:45)
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Pujols hits 597th career homer (0:27)
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Wiley not convinced CP3 to San Antonio would ever happen (2:34)

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The sixth home run of the season for Angels DH Albert Pujols, hit on Wednesday night, pulls him within 12 of Sammy Sosa in eighth place all-time. Pujols leads all active major leaguers in homers.

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Angels RF Kole Calhoun (rest) is not in Wednesday's lineup vs. the Rays. Cameron Maybin will start in his place and lead off against Erasmo Ramirez with Ben Revere patrolling left field and batting sixth. Los Angeles also placed P Alex Meyer (back) on the 10-day DL and recalled P Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday in a corresponding roster move.

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Yates expecting Lacy, Phillips to have big impacts in NFC West (1:56)

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Angels LF Cameron Maybin and CF Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers to start Tuesday's 4-0 win vs. the Rays. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the third time in franchise history that the first two batters of a game went deep. Rex Hudler and Don Slaught did it in 1996, and Kole Calhoun and Trout turned the trick in 2013.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers have announced the hiring of former personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, who has worked with professional athletes across many sports, as their Director of Strength and Endurance Training, a new position. "From his time in college at Duke University until now, Gunnar has pursued excellence in training and fitness," Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a news release. "Gunnar is a true pioneer and visionary at his craft, and will bring a new mentality to our weight room which we are all very excited about. Since Magic [Johnson] and I have worked with Gunnar in the past, we have a strong relationship." The team's previous head strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco, recently resigned after six seasons with the team.

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Pippen: Magic a better comparison for LeBron (1:52)
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#NBArank's most memorable images

There's no shortage of timeless pictures throughout NBA history, but we ranked the best 12. Kobe and Shaq's look of exhaustion after their first championship is one of several Laker-themed images to make the cut.

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Field Yates on NFL rule changes

ESPN NFL Analyst Field Yates joins The Morning Show to talk about the new NFL rule changes which include: Marvin Lewis' hypocritical view against end zone celebrations, the shortening of overtimes to 10 minutes and more.