ANAHEIM -- So many superlatives are being thrown in the direction of the uber-talented, awfully young Mike Trout. They compare him to Rickey Henderson and Mickey Mantle, they mention him for the All-Star Game and the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and they talk about him already being among baseball's elite -- before he's even old enough to drink.
Not that he really needs help in this area, but it's the job of the Angels' veterans to keep the 20-year-old outfielder grounded.
Albert Pujols sees it that way.
"I think the best thing for him is just to continue to play, and that's something where I'm going to be here for 10 years and I'm going to keep telling him to not let you guys [in the media] try to raise him up, because sometimes if you let a young player get like that, let it go to his head, he can change a little bit," Pujols said. "[Trout] hasn't, and if I see anything different, that's what I'm here for, just to let him know."
One of the most impressive things about Trout is that he hasn't let success get to his head, despite being second in the AL in batting average (.337), leading in stolen bases (19) and being the most dynamic player on the field almost every time he steps on it.
To the Angels, though, he's just another rookie -- except he's better than any they've ever seen.
"We give him crap more than anything," said second baseman Howie Kendrick, whose locker sits next to Trout's at Angel Stadium. "I just talk noise to him every day. He's a great guy. He's kind of quiet, and he doesn't walk around the place like he owns it or anything."
"I think he has the foundations already of a humble, down-to-Earth, hardworking person," outfielder Torii Hunter added, "and I don't think he's going to change."
A lot of that is a credit to Trout's own persona.
Some of it could also go to having guys around like Pujols, Hunter and others, who have had prolonged success in this league and know what it takes to achieve consistency.
"I think there's definitely some mentoring that goes on," manager Mike Scioscia said. "And it's more than 'this guy really likes a slider in this count' or anything like that."
Angels lose Pauley on waivers to Toronto
ANAHEIM -- The Angels couldn't sneak relief pitcher David Pauley through waivers a second time.
On Wednesday, the Blue Jays claimed the 29-year-old right-hander, who posted a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings with the Angels and a 1.76 ERA in 30 2/3 innings for their Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake.
Pauley, signed to a Minor League contract late in Spring Training, passed through waivers unclaimed and was outrighted to the Minors when first designated for assignment May 24. He was called up again June 12 to give the Angels an extra arm in the bullpen, but was designated Monday when they returned to 12 pitchers.
Pauley, who also has experience as a starter, has compiled a 9-19 record with a 4.51 ERA in 86 games (20 starts) in the Majors with the Red Sox, Mariners, Tigers and Angels.
Scioscia weighs in on Peralta pine-tar incident
ANAHEIM -- Tuesday's pine-tar episode between the Rays and Nationals -- when Nats skipper Davey Johnson prompted umpires to check the glove of reliever Joel Peralta, leading to his ejection and an enraged Joe Maddon postgame -- hit home a bit with the Angels.
Back in June 2005, Maddon was a coach under Angels skipper Mike Scioscia when something similar happened to one of his relievers against the same Nationals team. Frank Robinson, then the Nats' manager, was told by disgruntled former Angel Jose Guillen that Brendan Donnelly used pine tar in his glove, and Robinson told the umps, leading to Donnelly's ejection and an eventual eight-game suspension.
That sparked a heated, benches-emptying, on-field exchange between the two managers. Peralta, ironically enough, was a rookie with the Angels at the time.
On Tuesday, Maddon accused Johnson of being "cowardly" for telling umpires Peralta had pine tar in his glove, calling the act "bush" and "insider trading" because Peralta was a reliever for the Nationals in 2010.
Asked about the situation Wednesday, Scioscia didn't take much issue with Johnson bringing the issue to the umpires' attention. He's done it himself with pitchers he's suspected of using sandpaper, which was falsely alleged of Donnelly in the '05 incident.
But he believes the substance itself doesn't provide much of an advantage.
"And I don't think hitters have much of an issue with it, especially when it's cold or guys are really sweaty or it's wet," said Scioscia, who's on Bud Selig's special committee for on-field matters. "It doesn't change the flight of the ball. It's in the rules, and obviously you have to abide by what's in the rules. It's like getting pulled over for going 66 mph in a 65 mph zone."
With a 6-0 victory over the Giants on Wednesday, the Angels lead the Majors with 10 shutouts.
Shortstop Erick Aybar, who has struggled mightily for most of the year, is riding a seven-game hitting streak that has seen him go 11-for-24.
Mark Trumbo leads the Majors with 22 RBIs in June.
Bobby Wilson's eighth-inning double Wednesday was his first extra-base hit of the year.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.