Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Mike Trout is headed back to the All-Star Game.

It's basically assumed at the start of every year, and it was deemed official, again, on Sunday, when Trout was named to the American League's 2015 starting lineup by virtue of the fan votes. The final tally showed the Angels' superstar center fielder with 14,013,021 votes, tops among AL outfielders and second only to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson for the overall lead.

It hasn't gotten old yet.

"I come in at the beginning of the season, work hard in the offseason, and just go out there and play my game," Trout said after his Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 12-6 win Sunday. "It's definitely an honor, for sure."

Joining Trout in the AL starting lineup, managed by Royals skipper Ned Yost, will be Donaldson, Angels teammate Albert Pujols at first base (injury replacement for Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera), Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and four members of the defending AL champion Royals -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon and center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Cain also has experience in right field, likely making Trout the starting center fielder at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14.

Trout, 23, is making his fourth trip to the Midsummer Classic in as many full seasons in the Major Leagues and joins Reggie Jackson (1982-84), Rod Carew (1979-84) and Vladimir Guerrero (2005-07) as the only Angels players to start three straight All-Star Games.

"It's special to be a part of that group," Trout said. "It's a fun couple of days. It's going to be fun in Cincinnati. I enjoyed going there [for Opening Day in 2013]."

Trout finished the week with a .299/.393/.575 slash line, adding 21 home runs, 45 RBIs, nine stolen bases and a Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement score of 5.2, tops in the AL. Earlier this year, Trout -- the reigning AL Most Valuable Player Award winner and the MVP of last year's All-Star Game -- became the sixth AL player with four 20-plus-homer campaigns before his age-24 season, joining Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Conigliaro, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.

Pujols finished fifth in fan votes among Junior Circuit first basemen, and compiled fewer votes than at least 72 players, despite entering Sunday with an AL-leading 24 home runs. Pujols added his 25th long ball Sunday night.

"He deserves to be there," Trout said of Pujols. "His bat has been unbelievable."

During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

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