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Trout gets Angels-record 7th straight All-Star nod

Fans vote outfielder to AL starting lineup a 6th consecutive time
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ANAHEIM -- No surprise here: Mike Trout is heading to his seventh consecutive Midsummer Classic.

Trout will start in the outfield for the American League at Nationals Park on July 17 after earning his sixth consecutive fan election. Trout was the only Angels player named to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Sunday.

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ANAHEIM -- No surprise here: Mike Trout is heading to his seventh consecutive Midsummer Classic.

Trout will start in the outfield for the American League at Nationals Park on July 17 after earning his sixth consecutive fan election. Trout was the only Angels player named to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Sunday.

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"It feels great," Trout said. "Obviously, getting voted in from the fans, it's a big deal. ... It's obviously humbling, a great honor. It's going to be fun."

Trout's seven All-Star selections are a franchise record for the Angels. He also joins Rod Carew as the only Angels players to be chosen as a starter in six consecutive All-Star Games. Trout is the first AL outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez, who accomplished the feat from 2001-06.

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"My first couple went so quick," Trout said. "The best part of it is just being with the guys. You're on the biggest stage with the best."

Trout, 26, is in the midst of his best season to date, batting .312 with 18 doubles, three triples, 25 home runs, 50 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 90 games. His 6.5 WAR currently leads the Majors, according to FanGraphs.

"He's definitely the best player I've ever played with or seen live," teammate Andrelton Simmons said. "It's an honor playing next to him day in and day out, and no surprise he's always up there in the MVP votes and, of course, an All-Star."

While Trout began Sunday tied for second in the Majors with 25 homers, he said he does not plan on participating in the Home Run Derby this year.

On Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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