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Have a month, will ya? Angels’ Mike Trout might be better than ever

The man at the plate was easily recognizable. The backward hat and powerful build. The spring-loaded stance, hips cocked and bat swiveling near his head. The lightning-quick swing, from leg kick to two-handed finish, sending a stream of balls from a pitching machine scattered around an empty field. For the better part of 30 minutes during a pregame hitting session in early April, Mike Trout ...

The man at the plate was easily recognizable.

The backward hat and powerful build. The spring-loaded stance, hips cocked and bat swiveling near his head. The lightning-quick swing, from leg kick to two-handed finish, sending a stream of balls from a pitching machine scattered around an empty field.

For the better part of 30 minutes during a pregame hitting session in early April, Mike Trout took purposeful swing after purposeful swing. Between each rep, he consulted with hitting coaches and reviewed a digital tablet. He joked around during breaks, a laughter that echoed around an otherwise quiet Angel Stadium. But when he returned to the batter’s box, he instantly locked in again.

More than 1,250 games into what is already one of baseball’s most storied careers, the sport’s best player was trying to become even better.

Based on the start to his 11th major league season, there are signs the Angels outfielder might actually be doing it.

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