Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

When the season started, the Los Angeles Angels thought they might have the makings of a dynamic duo in their lineup -- free agent signee Albert Pujols and comeback player Kendrys Morales, returning after a nearly two-year recovery from a fractured ankle.

They do indeed have one of the best 1-2 combinations in the American League, but it is rookie Mike Trout and young slugger Mark Trumbo who have been delivering the punches. After igniting a 13-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, those two lead the American League in batting average (Trout, .355) and slugging percentage (Trumbo, .634). In franchise history, the Angels have had just one batting champ (Alex Johnson in 1970) and one player lead the league in slugging percentage (Bobby Grich in 1981).

"I was on that side, when I was young, putting up those kind of numbers early in my career and some of the veteran guys around were enjoying it. It's fun," Pujols said. "Those guys come to play. They don't take anything for granted. They don't let the numbers get to their head. They come prepared, stay in their routine, go out there and perform and help the club win."

Trout was 4-for-6 Tuesday, becoming the first Angels rookie with four four-hit games and reaching 100 hits in just 69 games this season. Only two players in Angels history have reached 100 hits in a season in fewer games -- Darin Erstad in 2000 and Rod Carew in 1983.

Trumbo was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run.

"They're just two pieces," manager Mike Scioscia said of Trout and Trumbo. "Those two guys obviously are playing to their potential. They've been there every night for us. It's a great foundation to work around, especially when you have Albert Pujols right in the middle of it, too.

"There's no doubt those two guys have both created things and knocked in their own runs. But our lineup needs to be deep. Our lineup needs to be more than a couple guys."

Tuesday, it was. The Angels reached season highs with five home runs and 18 hits.

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