ARLINGTON -- In the heat, and we do mean heat, of a division race, Mike Trout found his name on the Angels' lineup card on Saturday against Rangers ace C.J. Wilson.
"Being part of this rivalry, it's a good experience," Trout said. "I feel good at the plate. I lowered my stance a little bit to see the ball better. I felt I wasn't getting a good look at some lower pitches, so I got down a little. They're going to keep pounding it down there."
Trout lined a single to right center and struck out as a late entry in Friday night's series opener. With five hits in his past 13 at-bats, he is hitting .211 with two homers and seven RBIs in 19 games this season.
Trout is no longer a teen, having turned 20 on Aug. 7 while he was with Double-A Arkansas. The Topps "Minor League Player of the Year" last season, the New Jersey phenom clearly has earned the confidence of manager Mike Scioscia.
"It's a baseball game, and he's playing well," Scioscia said when asked about playing Trout and sitting veteran Bobby Abreu, with Torii Hunter in the DH role. "Torii still needs to stay fresh.
"We're going to go with who's on our roster, playing them in any situation. I'm not going to hesitate to use him."