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June 26, 2010
Tuesday through Thursday: vs. Texas Rangers Friday through Sunday: vs. Kansas City Royals Not that the Texas Rangers are sensitive, but they haven't won the American League West since 1999, and they have all but patented the second-half fade. The Angels have won the AL West five out of the last six years, and they welcome the first-place Rangers to town this week. Manager Ron Washington played the no-respect card after the Rangers compiled an 11-game winning streak against NL weaklings Houston, Pittsburgh, Florida and Milwaukee.
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October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - It's that time of year again, when fans around the country tune into the baseball playoffs, see a bunch of unfamiliar green-and-gold-clad Oakland Athletics playing in a creaky, leaky stadium built for football and think, "What are you guys doing here?" It's OK. The A's, whose talent, grit and World Series aspirations far exceed their small-market limitations, are used to it. Respect them or not, know them or not, they've won two consecutive American League West titles on a shoe-string budget and open a division series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Oakland.
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August 14, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
There are two ways to look at the Angels' seven-game trip to Toronto and Boston, which begins tonight against the Blue Jays. It couldn't come at a better time: The Angels just completed a 5-1 homestand in which they played nearly flawless baseball and are carrying maximum momentum east, which should improve their chances in cities where they are a combined 37-71 since 1996.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been a nice little run for the Angels since Aug. 23, their 21-8 record before Monday's game against Oakland taking some sting out of another disappointing season, but they can't let it fool them into thinking they can roll into 2014 with this personnel. If the Angels are to end a four-year playoff drought next season, they'll need pitching, pitching and more pitching. "There are some fundamental things we need to look at that a good finish will not and should not mask.
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September 30, 1985 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
Another September, another duel between the California Angels and Kansas City Royals. It is a Monday evening in Anaheim. Hal McRae, the Royals' designated hitter, gets things started with a first-inning double. He pulls into second base, where he is greeted by a grin and a shake of the head by Bobby Grich, the Angel second baseman. "Are we going at it again ?" Grich recalled saying. Yup, sports fans.
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July 4, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins reeled off dazzling winning streaks that shot them to the top of the American League West, the Angels stayed in contention with strong defense and solid pitching. Those attributes were their strengths again Wednesday night, but Luis Polonia's flash and his bold dash home from first base on Dave Gallagher's second-inning single were the spices in the 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals that vaulted the Angels .
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April 7, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only part of Dave Parker's ostrich-skin briefcase was visible amid the clutter in his locker, so when rookie pitcher Scott Lewis saw it, he thought it looked like a purse. And he dared to say so to Parker, who began his baseball career when Lewis was beginning kindergarten. Drawing himself up to his full 6-foot-5, 250-pound majesty, Parker pretended to take offense. "Any problem with the way I look?" he asked Lewis, pointing to his outfit and briefcase.
SPORTS
December 14, 1989
Tom Grieve, the Texas Rangers' general manager since 1984, received a three-year contract extension. The Rangers finished fourth in the American League West in 1989 with an 83-79 record.
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November 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Matt Stairs, whose late-season hitting helped the Oakland Athletics win the American League West, was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Eric Ireland, a minor-league pitcher claimed off waivers earlier in the day. . . . Jose Vizcaino agreed to a $1.5-million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
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July 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Angels didn't pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts. They didn't hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics' rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
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June 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
The Angels held Josh Hamilton out of their starting lineup Monday, the second time in 16 days they have given the struggling outfielder what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "a recharge day. " Hamilton is batting .216, the lowest average of any regular in the American League West. The Houston Astros started left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday; Hamilton is batting .169 against left-handers, with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. "This is a half-step back that maybe gets him to take two steps forward," Scioscia said.
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September 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It seems almost blasphemous for the Angels to root for a division rival, one that seized the American League West title from them in 2010 and hasn't let go, but that's an unsavory byproduct of the wild-card system. The Angels began play Tuesday seven games behind Texas in the AL West with nine to play. They were two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot. The Rangers and Athletics were playing in Texas. Do the math. "If it comes down to simply numbers, I'm rooting for Texas, because we're closer to Oakland," Angels left fielder Mark Trumbo said.
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September 16, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will keep both Jered Weaver and Zack Greinke on regular rest for the remainder of the season, putting the right-handers in line to pitch in both of the remaining three-game series against the American League West-leading Texas Rangers. Weaver will start Tuesday night against Texas in Anaheim. Scioscia said left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has had a problem with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is "penciled in" for Wednesday, and Greinke will start Thursday.
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September 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The addition of a second wild-card team may improve the odds of the Angels' reaching the playoffs, but it won't ease their degree of difficulty getting there. The Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, in Safeco Field on Sunday, their winning streak ending at five games when Jered Weaver gave up home runs to Jesus Montero in the fourth inning and .143-hitting Carlos Peguero in the fifth. Though they have won nine of 12 games since Aug. 21, the Angels are 81/2 games behind first-place Texas in the American League West, 51/2 games behind Oakland for the wild-card lead and 31/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot.
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August 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BOSTON — Jerry Dipoto dismissed growing speculation that Mike Scioscia's job is in jeopardy, the Angels' general manager refusing to lay blame for what has been a disappointing season so far at the feet of baseball's longest-tenured manager. "We're 3 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but you'd think we were in last place," Dipoto said before Thursday night's game. "Quite frankly, it's a distraction. Mike has been the manager of this team for a long time. He has a very long track record that suggests he's qualified.
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April 27, 1994 | MIKE PENNER
In British soccer, they call it the second division, the place where the weakest clubs are banished, a sort of purgatory for those teams not quite good enough to compete with the elite but not quite bad enough to disband altogether. In American baseball, they call it the American League West. They are virtually one and the same, except for one minor, yet crucial, difference: In British soccer, no one from the second division is eligible for the postseason championship tournament.
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August 21, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON - Seeing is believing, and the Angels are firmly convinced that what they saw during a 61-game stretch from May 22-July 31, when they went 39-22 to surge back into the American League West race, was real. This was not a brief period when the Angels got hot, when starting pitchers suddenly hit their stride, relievers went into temporary lock-down mode and hitters morphed into the Big Red Machine. This was an extended run of more than two months, when all phases of the game - starting pitching, relief, hitting, defense - clicked and the Angels were among the best teams in baseball.
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August 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
OAKLAND — The Angels spent Tuesday night watching plans go awry. Early pitches that seemed to be balls were called strikes. A batted ball heading to a glove went elsewhere. They anticipated their pitching upgrade would defeat their old castoff. Instead, the outcome was a 10-4 loss to division-rival Oakland that dropped the Angels half a game behind the Athletics for the American League's final wild-card spot. The Angels, 4-5 on a 10-game trip, will close the series Wednesday afternoon.
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