SEATTLE -- Mike Trout returned to the Angels' lineup for Friday's series opener at Safeco Field, batting third and serving as the designated hitter as he eases his way back from the tight right hamstring that prompted him to miss the last three games.
Without Trout, the Angels posted a .216/.300/.302 slash line and totaled four runs while getting swept at home by the Indians.
"I wanted to get back," Trout said. "I don't like sitting on the bench. Not what I want to do."
Trout, with a .333/.430/.574 slash line and a 40-game on-base streak, was told that if he ran the bases pregame with no pain, he could start at DH. The 22-year-old sprinted from home to third twice and all around the diamond once, and he came out of it feeling good.
Trout then went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, snapping a 40-game on-base streak that was the longest active streak in the Majors and second-longest in team history, but he felt fine.
"My timing's a little off right now," said Trout, who finished 23 games shy of Orlando Cabrera's team record in 2006. "But I feel fine. No pain or nothing."
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