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Monday, May 14, 2012
Trout showing what the fuss was about

By Mark Saxon

Mike Trout is batting .368 with a .422 on-base percentage, four doubles and two home runs in 10 games this month, prompting the following comment from Angels manager Mike Scioscia: "He's doing what we'd think he would be doing."

That probably tells you all you need to know about how high the Angels are on their 20-year-old outfielder, one of baseball's shiniest prospects. In his third stint in the major leagues, Trout's talents appear to be blossoming. Last season, he batted .220 in 40 games with the Angels. Why now?

According to Trout, getting second and third looks at pitchers has helped, as has getting used to the various stadiums -- and their hitting backdrops. He is a lifetime .338 hitter in parts of three seasons in the minors.

"It's become more of a game instead of speeding up on me," Trout said. "The main thing was just to keep battling and stay positive."

Here are lineups for Monday, with Angels right fielder Torii Hunter out indefinitely after his teenage son, Darius, was arrested in Texas Monday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child:

Jemile Weeks 2B
Cliff Pennington SS
Josh Reddick RF
Jonny Gomes DH
Seth Smith LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Collin Cowgill CF

Trout CF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Trumbo RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Wilson C