Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Mike Scioscia will give Upton an early start on the offseason by withholding him from the starting nine in the season finale, allowing Eric Young Jr. to pick up a start in the outfield. Though he fell two stolen bases shy of supplying double-digit steals for the seventh time in his career, Upton once again proved to be a stable power source, cracking 30 or more home runs for the third straight campaign.
Upton is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers. Upton will hit the bench after starting the last 16 games, slashing .236/.328/.509 with four homers and nine RBI over that stretch. Michael Hermosillo gets the start in left field in place of Upton.
Upton went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run to help the Angels to a 4-3 victory over the Mariners on Sunday. The slugger is red-hot at the moment, as this makes four homers in five games to bring his total on the season up to 30. He's having an excellent age-31 season for the Angels, as this performance brought his slash line up to .263/.346/.478 through 502 at-bats.
Upton went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs Saturday against the Mariners. Upton took Erasmo Ramirez deep in the fourth inning and followed that up with another shot in the ninth against Edwin Diaz. The multi-homer game brought his season total to 29 and all but ensures that he will reach 30 home runs for the third consecutive season.
Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Thursday against the Mariners. Upton took Mike Leake deep in the seventh inning to record his 27th homer of the season. It was his first longball since coming off the disabled list Aug. 30 and has mustered only seven hits in 34-at bats. While he may close the season on a down note, Upton has produced as expected, with the chance to surpass 30 home runs for the third consecutive season.
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