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7/6/2014 9:09 P.M. ET

Trout headed to All-Star Game as a starter

Angels outfielder in third consecutive Midsummer Classic, starts second straight

ANAHEIM -- The Angels' brightest star will shine on baseball's biggest stage -- again.

For the third consecutive season, center fielder Mike Trout was named an American League All-Star, and he'll be starting in the AL outfield. Trout garnered 5,559,705 votes on his way to his second straight starting nod.

"It means a lot from the fans, to have fans and to be voted in the starting lineup," Trout said. "Can't thank them enough. The All-Star Game is for the fans, and I haven't seen the team yet, but I'm sure it's pretty good."

Trout, 22, will become the fourth AL outfielder to play in three All-Star Games before his 23rd birthday, joining Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr. and Al Kaline.

"Obviously, Mike is a slam dunk and he deserves it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Trout became the first Halos position player to start back-to-back All-Star Games since Vladimir Guerrero did it four straight times from 2004-07.

Last season, Trout became the youngest player to start an All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez did it in 1993, and he is the youngest player in All-Star Game history with a hit, a walk and a stolen base.

"It's always fun to go and perform in front of the whole country and be on the field with all the great players," Trout said.

Trout is the youngest Angels player to make the All-Star team three times, and he joins Ken McBride as the only Halos players to participate in the Midsummer Classic in each of their first three full seasons in the Majors.

Trout joined Guerrero and Jered Weaver as the only Angels in the last 20 years to make three consecutive All-Star Games.

"It's a great experience," Trout said. "I'm fortunate enough for this to be my third one, and I know what to expect, just the atmosphere and the experience is one of the best."

Trout is joined in the AL's starting outfield by Toronto's Jose Bautista and Baltimore's Adam Jones.

Mike Trout, OF
Prior ASGs: 2012, '13
ASG W-L: 1-1
ASG stats: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB
How he made 2014 AL team: Elected by fans
Why he's an All-Star: He can do everything. From his leaping grabs in center field to his mammoth home runs, his exciting baserunning to his walk-off heroics, baseball's best player was an easy selection for the fans.
DYK?: Trout is the 13th player to have 20-plus home runs before the All-Star break in his age-22 season or younger.
Quotable: "This guy has so many different ways to help you win a ballgame. He did it in the batter's box, he'll do it in center field, he'll do it on the basepaths. There are so many things Mike can do." -- Scioscia

Immediately following the announcement of the AL and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MDeFranks. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.