Numbers: AL West stuff on Mike Trout, A's
* Mike Trout homered against the Tigers on Thursday, marking a new career high of six homers for the month of July (11 games remaining). After playing only three games in April followed by a strong May, Trout has found his power stroke again in July after swinging more for contact than for the fences in June. A look:
Mike Trout (2012 HR/BA by month)
April/May: 5 HRs, .303 average
June: 3 HRs, .372 average
July: 6 HRs, .414 average (24-for-58)
* The Oakland A's have the best record in baseball since July 1.
Best Records in MLB
Since July 1
Athletics: 11-2, .846 (winning percentage)
Tigers: 11-4, .733
Cubs: 10-4, .714
Yankees: 10-5, .667
* The A's win Thursday snaped a nine-game home losing streak to the Yankees. It was tied for the second-longest vs. any team.
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