CLEVELAND Mike Trout will be given every opportunity to provide a spark for a stagnant Angels offense -- the dynamic 20-year-old was in left field and batting leadoff for Saturdays game against the Cleveland Indians, which was delayed by rain, and he is expected to remain at the top of the order for now.
But the Angels cant look to Trout to be a savior, the player who turns the fortunes of a team that has lost five consecutive games, the last two in walk-off fashion and underachieved in numerous areas during a 6-14 start that matches the worst in franchise history, set in 2002.
Its a lot to put on a kid to say hell be a difference-maker right away, Manager Mike Scioscia said. But eventually hell be a force at whatever position he plays and whatever spot he fits in the lineup.
Trout, considered one of the top three prospects in baseball, was leading off at triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .403 with a .467 on-base percentage, 10 extra-base hits and 21 runs in 20 games, and he was ...