Posted July 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
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It's surprising that Derek Jeter leads the league in hits at the age of 38. The fact that 20-year-old Mike Trout is leading the AL batting race is probably more surprising. The New Jersey-born Trout will make his first appearance at Yankee Stadium on Friday night when the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees open a three-game set. Despite an age that would suggest he's in the twilight of his career for New York (52-33), Jeter has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats to raise his total to 111. Trout, meanwhile, is in the ascendancy with a .341 average to become the front-runner for AL rookie of the year honors. The center fielder has 12 homers, 40 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 64 games since being recalled April 28 from Triple-A Salt Lake. Trout's callup came two weeks after the Angels lost two of three in the Bronx from April 13-15, and Los Angeles (48-38) is 40-24 since his season debut. "He's not playing over his head," manager Mike Scioscia said. "...
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