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Angels Top Phils in Trout’s Homecoming

More than 4,000 fans from Mike Trout‘s hometown came out to see the two-time All-Star center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels play his first game in Philadelphia.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim comes up to bat while fans hold up signs at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. (Mitchell Leff, Getty Images)

Trout, who grew up in small Millville, New Jersey, about 45 minutes south of Philadelphia, went 1 for 5 in the Angels’ 4-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Fans wearing red No. 27 Angels jerseys filled the stands. Many carried signs welcoming home Trout. The Millville High School baseball team was among those in the crowd.

Trout received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first inning. He grounded out to shortstop before lining a single to center in the fourth off Cliff Lee.

Trout clapped his hands after rounding first and fans cheered loudly. He struck out swinging in the sixth, reached on third baseman Cody Asche’s fielding error in the seventh and flied out to right in the ninth.

The Phillies dubbed it “Millville Night” at Citizens Bank Park. A video tribute to the town was shown before the game. Millville Mayor Michael Santiago threw out the first pitch.

Trout still lives with his parents in Millville during the offseason. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and finished runner-up to Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP in 2012 and 2013.

When the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 to win the World Series in 2008, the 17-year-old Trout watched the game from the parking lot with friends because he didn’t have tickets. He celebrated with fans on Broad Street afterward.

Trout’s arrival helped the Phillies draw their second-largest crowd of the season, with 41,959 on hand.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.)

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