It's a good night for Albert Pujols. The kind he and the Angels envisioned when he signed with them last December.

Facing Detroit ace Justin Verlander on Saturday, he goes 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored in a 6-1 win that kept the Angels within striking distance in the American League wild card race.

Afterward, Pujols walks from the showers to his locker, dresses and chats with third baseman Alberto Callaspo for a few minutes, making himself available for conversations with reporters.

But the crowd doesn't come. Rookie center fielder Mike Trout is holding court after leading off the game with a home run and closing it out by robbing Prince Fielder with a dazzling catch at the wall. He's the story.