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July 21, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from New York — Scot Shields was just beginning to regain the confidence of Manager Mike Scioscia, the veteran reliever rebounding from a rocky two months to give up one earned run in 11 innings of eight appearances from June 15 to Tuesday. Then came the seventh inning in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The Angels had erased five runs of a six-run deficit with the help of Bobby Wilson's two-run homer in the fifth and Hideki Matsui's two-run shot in the sixth, and they threatened to tie or move ahead in the sixth and seventh, leaving the bases loaded in each inning.
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July 21, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from New York — The Texas Rangers, who have gone 25-12 since June 8, won't be the only red-hot thing to greet the Angels in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday. The forecast for a four-game series against the first-place Rangers calls for highs of 96, 97, 97 and 95 degrees, with humidity expected to push the heat index above 100 degrees each day. "Well, at least they're all night games," said Angels ace Jered Weaver , who will oppose left-hander Cliff Lee in Thursday night's opener.
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July 23, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Five years after the Angels went younger, cheaper and faster with their starting catcher, Bengie Molina has returned to the American League West to help the Texas Rangers try to lap his former team. And, in an ironic twist, the Rangers' pursuit of their first division title since 1999 picked up speed this month when Molina pulled into third base with a standup eighth-inning triple against the Boston Red Sox, completing perhaps the most unlikely cycle in baseball history. "I've been criticized so long about my speed, that I can't run and I'm the slowest guy," Molina said Friday before Rangers beat the Angels, 1-0, at Rangers Ballpark.
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July 25, 2010
Tuesday through Thursday: at San Diego Padres Friday through Sunday: at San Francisco Giants The Padres have looked like a different team since the All-Star break. The offensively impotent club has been scoring runs at an unusual rate and averaged 5.4 per game in their first seven games after the midseason intermission. Of those seven games, they won five. But the Padres were 1-4 against the Dodgers in the first half and were swept by them in a three-game series in San Diego from May 14-16.
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August 2, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
"This is a pivotal time for us." So said Manager Joe Torre on Monday as the Dodgers opened a critical four-game series against the first-place San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. With the Dodgers dropping fast in the National League West, Torre agreed "there's a sense of urgency" for the club to start winning again. But he said that while his players were frustrated with their recent record, their effort remained intact. "We're not very good right now," Torre said.
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August 7, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Scott Kazmir was barely audible when speaking to reporters after his last outing before Saturday, so embarrassed was he by giving up a franchise-worst 13 runs. Nearly a month later, the Angels pitcher didn't need to utter one word to convey what his pitching said for him. He's back. And he might be better than ever as an Angel. In his first start since spending nearly a month on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Kazmir pitched five superb innings at Comerica Park during the Angels' 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
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August 7, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels: Week Ahead Monday through Wednesday: Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays Time is rapidly running out on the Angels' playoff hopes. But given recent history, it's going to be tough to make up ground any time soon. Although the Angels are six games over .500 in the AL West, they have a losing record against the rest of the league — bad news, given the fact they play only six games in their division over the next month. And beginning with the Blues Jays' series this week, they play 12 consecutive games against clubs with winning records.
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August 20, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Mannywood may have left Dodger Stadium, but its featured attraction could be back in left field as soon as Saturday. Manager Joe Torre said Friday it was possible Manny Ramirez would return to the Dodgers after only three minor league rehabilitation games with Class-A Inland Empire, considerably faster than initially expected. Ramirez played in the outfield Friday with the 66ers. He was initially expected to spend about a week with Inland Empire, which opens a three-game series Saturday in Bakersfield.
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