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Trout fondly recalls catch to rob O's Hardy

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BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout walked onto the field early Tuesday afternoon and made eye contact with Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who immediately pointed to the center-field fence and drew a laugh from the Angels' center fielder.

Every time Trout comes to Orioles Park at Camden Yards, that June 27, 2012, catch -- when he leaped about three feet above the wall to take one away from Hardy -- is a major talking point.

"Talk to him all the time and he always brings it up," Trout said of Hardy, who was also robbed by former Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos in 2013. "It's one I'll always remember, for sure."

Camden Yards is only a two-hour drive from Trout's hometown of Millville, N.J., but the 22-year-old only left about 15 tickets and doesn't anticipate anywhere near the following that went to Philadelphia in mid-May, when nearly 8,000 Millville residents showed up to Citizens Bank Park.

Chances are they won't see a catch as good as the one Trout made here a couple years ago; a catch even Trout himself will have a hard time topping.

"It's only my third year," Trout said, "but it's going to be tough for sure."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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