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Trout's awesome August earns him rookie honor

Mike Trout is seemingly on his way to earning an American League MVP award, potentially the first of many for the young superstar. In the meantime, he's racking up AL Rookie of the Month honors like only one person ever has.

Trout was named the AL's best rookie for the month of August, his fourth straight time earning the award. That marks the most in the AL since Ichiro Suzuki won five with the Mariners in 2001.

The young outfielder, who just turned 21 on Aug. 7, posted a .284/.366/.500 batting line with seven homers, 19 RBIs and 11 stolen bases last month. Among AL rookies qualified for the award, he was first in games, at-bats, runs, hits, homers, RBIs, walks and on-base percentage while finishing second in batting average and slugging percentage.

Entering Tuesday's action, Trout led the AL in batting average (.332), runs (108) and steals (43). He set a franchise record with 30 straight steals from June 4 to Aug. 21 and became the youngest player to swipe 40 bags in a single season since Ty Cobb stole 53 as a 20-year-old for the Tigers in 1907.

Trout is the youngest player in Major League history to reach the 25-homer, 40-steal club and the first Angels player to do so since Bobby Bonds in 1977.

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