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August 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND  - It happened so fast, like one of those summer thunderstorms that can plunge a brilliant Midwest afternoon into darkness. Five runs ahead and 10 outs away from a three-game sweep in Progressive Field, Angels starter Jerome Williams collapsed within a span of 10 pitches in the sixth inning Sunday, and the Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians, 6-5. "It was kind of a shock, really," catcher Hank Conger said. "You give up one hit and you're pretty much cruising through five innings.
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August 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
If you had to choose a two-inning sample that is emblematic of the way things have gone for the Angels this season, the last two innings of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays would be a good choice. Leading by three runs with five outs to go, the Angels saw two infielders throw away potential double-play balls, lost another out on a blown call by an umpire and used six pitchers to try to protect a lead at Angel Stadium. They didn't quite make it, with two-out singles by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the ninth sending the Angels to their 10th loss in 15 games, dropping them to fourth place in the American League West and 101/2 games back in a wild-card race they've never really joined.
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August 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
CHICAGO - The Dodgers celebrated the evolution of both their cash-infused franchise and cutter-throwing closer Saturday. Their 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was their 13th consecutive road win, establishing a new franchise record . Another flawless ninth inning by Kenley Jansen prompted Manager Don Mattingly to compare him to Mariano Rivera. But a black brace that covered Yasiel Puig's left wrist and hand offered an uncomfortable reminder how easily a dominant team could be turned into something far less formidable.
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August 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
CHICAGO - The Dodgers have said for weeks what utility man Nick Punto said Friday. "This is a special team," Punto said. This has become more than a belief. The Dodgers are now making history. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Cubs 2 With a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers won their 12th consecutive road game, equaling the franchise record. Sandy Koufax's teams never did that. Neither did Jackie Robinson's or Fernando Valenzuela's.
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July 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels slipped into fourth place in a season slipping toward oblivion, it just got away from them. The inning, and maybe the year. Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' closer, started the 10th inning. He did not finish it. He gave up five runs. “When I do bad, it's like ugly bad,” Frieri said. “It's like ugly super bad.” BOX SCORE: Twins 10, Angels 3 The inning, and maybe the year. The Minnesota Twins pounded the Angels for seven runs in the 10th inning of a 10-3 victory on Tuesday, four of those runs coming on the first career grand slam by Chris Herrmann, off Frieri.
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July 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
WASHINGTON - When the Dodgers scored seven runs in the second inning against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the game was essentially over. Clayton Kershaw was on the mound. "It would have been hard to score seven runs against Kershaw," center fielder Matt Kemp said. Kershaw welcomed the early run support and went on to pitch seven innings in the Dodgers' sweep-sealing, 9-2 victory at Nationals Park. This was a rare treat for Kershaw, whose won-loss record was frequently victimized by the Dodgers' lineup earlier this season.
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July 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CONTINUING TO SET THE PACE 1. ST. LOUIS Division-leading Cardinals have 14 games left with second-place Pirates. (2) 2. BOSTON Red Sox need pitching help but lead MLB in 6 offensive categories. (1) 3. TAMPA BAY Rays are 20-6 since calling up rookie Wil Myers. (3) 4. OAKLAND With AL's top home mark, schedule favors A's, who have 36 game left there. (6) 5. ATLANTA Braves - up by 6 1/2 games - have led NL East for all but 1 day this season. (10) 6. PITTSBURGH Pirates are 37 games under .500 after All-Star break the last 2 seasons.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - Jerome Williams delivered his third straight shoddy start in an 8-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners in Safeco Field on Friday night, a 3 1/3-inning, six-run, seven-hit effort that assured the Angels will take a losing record into the All-Star break. The Angels, who entered the series with a major league-best 17-8 record since June 12, could have moved one game over .500 with a sweep, but the loss dropped them to 44-47 two games before the break. The Angels haven't had a .500 record since they were 1-1 on April 3, and they were 11 games under (27-38)
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July 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The same explosive, high-energy style of play that turned Yasiel Puig into an overnight sensation could be starting to betray him. Puig made a fifth-inning departure from the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, his second early exit in as many days. The Dodgers described Puig's removal as "precautionary," but acknowledged it was related to the left hip he injured in a collision with the outfield wall in Colorado on July 3. "I feel a lot better, but there are a lot of games left in the season," Puig said.
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July 11, 2013
In baseball, it's often said that it's what a hitter does his second time around the league that is a testament to his abilities. A look at what Yasiel Puig has done against the three teams he has faced in two series this season:  San Diego (June 3-5)   5 for 12     2 homers     5 RBIs     .417 avg.    San Diego (June 20-23)   4 for 16     1 homer     1 RBI     .250 avg.    San Francisco (June 24-26)   6 for 12     1 homer     2 RBIs     .500 avg.    San Francisco (July 5-7)
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