Trout sets franchise record for runs with leadoff homer

Trout sets franchise record for runs with leadoff homer

Trout sets franchise record for runs with leadoff homer
ARLINGTON -- It's still impossible to tell whether Mike Trout's rookie season will end with him beating out Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award.

But it will surely finish off with some cool records for the Angels' 21-year-old center fielder.

That continued in Friday's 7-4 win over the Rangers, when Trout's leadoff homer gave him 29 on the year and set a franchise record for runs with 125, surpassing the 124 Vladimir Guerrero scored in 2004. A third-inning triple then gave Trout 173 hits, breaking Wally Joyner's Angels rookie record of 172, set in 1986.

With one more home run, he'd be the youngest player ever to have a 30-30 season. With one more homer and three more steals, he'd join Eric Davis and Barry Bonds as the only players to combine 30 homers and 50 steals in one year.

"I'm really not thinking about it," Trout said of reaching 30 homers, after hitting 23 in 286 Minor League games. "If it happens, it happens. I just want to get to the playoffs. That's all that matters to me right now."

But with the regular season now down to five games, Trout finds himself in a tight MVP race with Cabrera, who has a legitimate shot at the Triple Crown. Trout leads the AL in runs and stolen bases, while sporting the third-highest batting average (.321), but has tapered off a bit lately.

Heading into Friday, Trout sported a .247/.368/.382 slash line in September.

"I feel like I'm putting good swings on the ball," he said. "A couple of swings, I've pulled my head off. I have to stay on the pitch longer and swing at strikes, that's the main thing. I can't get myself out swinging at balls. I just have to shrink the strike zone and go up there and battle."