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Briefs

DeKalb grad makes debut

– Jarrett Grube, a DeKalb graduate, gave up a home run in his major-league debut Saturday night as the Los Angeles Angels fell 11-3 to Oakland.

Grube, who came up from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace left-hander Wade LeBlanc, gave up a three-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning. Grube has a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts for Salt Lake this season. The 32-year-old was drafted in the 10th round by Colorado in 2004

On Sunday, Angels slugger Mike Trout missed a second straight with upper back stiffness. He was available as a pinch-hitter but did not play in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Oakland. Trout is expected back in the lineup Tuesday when the Angels open a series at Houston.

The Angels also will get slugger Josh Hamilton back this week. Hamilton will join the team in Houston and will be activated Tuesday for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding headfirst into first base April 8.

Around the leagues

Arizona outfielder A.J. Pollock will have surgery on his fractured right hand and is expected to miss five to eight weeks. … Right-hander Bryan Morris was traded by Pittsburgh to Miami, which gave up the 39th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

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