Mike Trout, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels, was the 2012 and 2013 American League MVP runner-up and the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year. Trout, 22, is a 2009 Millville High School graduate.

Friday: Went 2-for-3 (two doubles), stole a base, scored twice and dove in two runs in an 11-6 win at Detroit.

Today: Went 0-for-4, striking out four times for the first time in his career, in a 5-2 loss to Detroit and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.

Sunday: The Angels play at Detroit at 1:08 p.m. Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15) is the Tigers’ scheduled starter.

Stats: Trout is hitting .319 (23-for-72) with five home runs, 14 runs, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases on two attempts. His on-base percentage is .380 and his OPS (OBP plus slugging percentage) 1.019. He has struck out 21 times.

Quotes: "Some days you’ve just got to tip your cap. (Scherzer) made a few good pitches. He’s got good life on his fastball. The ball, in the middle, kind of rises up from that kind of sidearm motion,” Trout said in a story by The Associated Press' Noah Trister.

Also in Trister's story, Nathan said of Trout, “He’s a great hitter, and I respect everything that he does. You’ve got to be really aggressive right back at him.”

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