LOS ANGELES At some point, the superlatives are going to sound trite. How many times can you say good things about Mike Trout without going over the top, without anointing him The Next Great Player in the game?
Every time he does something special, it becomes a challenge to describe his talent, to put into words his enormous baseball skills. He's been compared to Mickey Mantle and Rickey Henderson, and as ridiculous as that sounds, it's beginning to seem within his reach.
Trout did it again Monday night. He had a hand in all three runs the Angels scored in a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He hit a home run, drove in the tying run with an opposite-field single on an 0-and-2 pitch, drew a walk in the ninth inning, then stole second and scored the go-ahead run on Albert Pujols' broken-bat single.
That's a mouthful, but for Trout it's just another game in his big-league education.
"He doesn't take anything for granted," Pujols said. "He goes out and plays hard ever...