Sunday marked Mike Trout's 23 rd game as the Angels' number-two hitter. The Angels' record is a measly 9-14 with him batting second, compared to 2-6 when he led off, but the switch doesn't seem to be hurting the second-year outfielder.

Trout has 21 RBIs in 23 games since the switch. His batting average is down a tick (.278 to .274) but his on-base percentage (.343) and slugging percentage (.539) have improved.

"Primarily, Mike really needs to be in a position to drive in runs," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's a guy you want guys on base with. He can draw a walk with guys on base to really set the table for the middle of the lineup.

"Connecting him, Josh (Hamilton) and Albert (Pujols) is one thing we talked about."

Only the move hasn't always connected Trout, Pujols and Hamilton. Hamilton was demoted to fifth in the batting order prior to Sunday, when Pujols got the day off and Hamilton batted third.

Mark Trumbo has stepped into the cleanup hole and given the Angels the 2-3-4 combo they were hoping for. Trumbo has home runs in five of his last seven games and is batting .294/.364/.548.

"Right now Josh isn't connected with them the way we envisioned," Scioscia said. "Mark is. I think there's no doubt Mark Trumbo's gotten more out of being connected with Mike and Albert than anywhere else he's hit in the lineup.