Mike Trout, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels, was the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up. Trout, 22, is a 2009 Millville High School graduate who was a two-time Press Player of the Year and The Press Male Athlete of the Year for the 2008-09 school year.

Thursday: Batting third as the designated hitter, Trout went 1-for-4 (double) with a walk and an RBI in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday: The Angels open a series at Houston at 8:10 p.m.

Stats: Trout was hitting .336 (180-for-536) with 23 home runs, 84 RBIs, 101 runs, 37 doubles, nine triples and 32 stolen bases on 39 attempts in 142 games through Wednesday. His on-base percentage was .437, his slugging percentage .567 and his OPS 1.004.

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