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What we learned from the Giants’ Cactus League loss to the Angels: Drew Smyly strikes out Mike Trout, feeling ‘way better’ than 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Fans behind home plate whipped out their phones and opened their cameras. The best player in baseball was coming to the plate mere feet in front of them.

It was the Giants — and their fans — first opportunity to see Mike Trout in person this spring. Maybe they wanted to see Trout do some damage in this exhibition game, but the at-bat ended in cheers anyway when Drew Smyly froze him on an 0-2 hook on the inside corner.

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Smyly is no stranger to baseball’s most dangerous hitter. It just felt good to finally get the best of him this time, even though it doesn’t really count.