Trout home run

The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, high-fives third-base coach Dino Ebel as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Athletics during the fifth inning Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Mike Trout, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels, was the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up. Trout, 21, 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.

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Friday: Hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Playing center field and batting second, Trout went 1-for-3, walking once and striking out twice.

Today: The Angels host the Athletics and starting pitcher Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28) in a 9:05 p.m. game.

Stats: Trout is hitting .322 (120-for-373) with 60 RBIs and 66 runs scored in 93 games. He has hit 16 home runs and stolen 21 bases on 25 attempts. His on-base percentage is .400, his slugging percentage .571.

I've worked at newspapers since 1985. Mostly in N.J., but with an eight-year pit stop in N.C. I've been at The Press since 1997.

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