Trout, Torii pack productive punch at top of order

Trout, Torii pack productive punch at top of order

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout's production isn't just keeping him in the leadoff spot, it's a big part in Torii Hunter remaining in the two-hole as well.

Though Hunter had a day off on Sunday, in his 13 games in the two-hole this season, he's batting .345 with 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored. In 38 starts in any other spot in the lineup this year, Hunter has 16 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

And as long as Trout continues to set the table for Hunter, and Hunter continues to knock him in or move him over, manager Mike Scioscia is going to stick with him there.

"There are some things that [Hunter] is doing that are important to our offense right now," Scioscia said. "What Mike Trout is doing is incredible. The fact that he's getting on base so much and getting in scoring position so much probably lets you keep Torii in the two-hole longer. He's getting RBI opportunities."

In the 13 games that Hunter has played in the two-hole since June 8, Trout has scored 17 runs and stolen 11 bases (compared with 31 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in his first 38 games).

If a better option comes up in the two-hole that gives the Angels better opportunities to score runs, they'll explore it, Scioscia said. But until then, Hunter will continue to bat second.