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Angels' Mike Trout says time will come for big payday | Baseball notebook

By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout is taking the high road about his salary and his position in the outfield, one day after his agent directed a statement at the Los Angeles Angels about both of them.

Trout said Sunday that he just wants to be in the lineup every day and that his time to make big money will come if he keeps producing the way he did last season, when he was voted AL Rookie of the Year and just missed out on winning the MVP.

The Angels renewed his contract Saturday for $510,000, just $20,000 above the league minimum, prompting his agent Craig Landis to call it well short of a "fair contract."

"My time will come," said Trout, who went hitless in three at-bats in a 4-2 exhibition loss to a Chicago Cubs split-squad team. "I just have to keep putting up numbers and concentrate on one thing, getting to the postseason."

Ichiro OK after traffic accident

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Ichiro said he had no soreness, one day after being involved in a traffic accident.

Suzuki was on his way home after Saturday's spring-training game against Detroit when the accident occurred a few miles from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

"Not at all," Ichiro said through a translator when asked whether he felt any discomfort. "My body just didn't react, I guess."

Ichiro said his SUV was totaled in the accident. He had a green light when he was hit by another vehicle in an intersection. The driver of the second vehicle was cited by police.

"The car was turning left and turned into me," Ichiro said. "I slammed on the brakes, but couldn't do anything about it."


• Baseball players' union head Michael Weiner says toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.

"There are going to be talks. I don't what the result is going to be," he said Sunday after meeting with the Baltimore Orioles as part of his tour of the 30 spring-training camps.

• Two-time defending champion Japan beat China 5-2 to improve to 2-0 in Group A of the World Baseball Classic.

Rafael Furcal had hoped to make his spring training debut with St. Louis. Instead, the 35-year-old shortstop was told to stop baseball activities.

Trying to come back from a torn ligament in his right elbow, the three-time All-Star has been told he must have additional medical tests.

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