Mark Trumbo, Rookie of the Year?

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been fielding questions about first baseman Mark Trumbo's Rookie of the Year candidacy for a while now and has always voiced his support -- often with an accompanying tip toward rookie closer Jordan Walden.

But Scioscia upped the ante Wednesday after Trumbo's team-leading 27th home run was the go-ahead hit in a 4-1 victory over the Oakland A's.

"I think he's going to have to get a lot of Rookie of the Year consideration," Scioscia said.

"If we reach our goal (the playoffs) this year, he should get some MVP votes. If you take his production out of our lineup, we're not even talking about a pennant race."

Scioscia did exactly that Tuesday -- he took Trumbo out of the Angels' lineup, sitting the rookie after he felt Trumbo had "a little tighter grip on the bat" the previous two days. Trumbo responded by going 2-for-4 in his return Wednesday with the key two-run home run, plus a single off the right field wall and a stolen base.

"In my mind, no," Trumbo said when asked if he felt he needed the day off Tuesday to clear his head. "At this point, I've had enough at-bats. There are going to be ups and downs. But in my mind, I'm ready to go."

Trumbo has dismissed any questions about the Rookie of the Year award, saying the only time he thinks about it is "when I get questions about it." As for Scioscia's MVP comment, Trumbo said it was flattering but he wouldn't give it any more thought than that.

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