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September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Their second consecutive division title secured Sunday, the Oakland Athletics have set their sights on the best record in the American League, which would assure home-field advantage throughout the post-season and a first-round series against the wild-card survivor instead of the Detroit Tigers. The A's took another step toward that goal Monday night with a 10-5 victory over the Angels that was powered in part by Jed Lowrie's three-run home run in the third inning, Brandon Moss' two-run shot in the fifth and Josh Donaldson's 56th multi-hit game.
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September 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
To bee or not to bee. That was the theme Sunday in Angel Stadium, where a game between the Angels and Seattle Mariners was delayed for 23 minutes when a swarm of bees descended upon the field in the third inning. "That was weird," Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson said after his nine-game winning streak dating to July 10 ended in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners. "I've never seen that before. " Howie Kendrick was at the plate when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who gave up one run and one hit, struck out 10 and walked four in four innings, saw the bees overhead and bolted toward the Angels' dugout.
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September 20, 2013
PHOENIX — Standing in a clubhouse that was about to become a champagne-and-beer-soaked stage on which Yasiel Puig would break-dance in front of hollering teammates, catcher A.J. Ellis reflected on how the Dodgers conquered the National League West. "It's amazing what talent can do," Ellis said. The Dodgers secured their first division title in four years with a 7-6 victory over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday that served as a testament to that talent. The World Series trophy might not be for sale.
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September 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was strangely coy Sunday when talking about Yasiel Puig's hip injury, saying before the game that the rookie outfielder could be out of the starting lineup "between a day and two weeks. " He repeated that after the game even though Puig pinch-hit, making the last out of the game by grounding to shortstop with the bases loaded. "It's still a two-week time frame," Mattingly said. "It's still between a game and two weeks. " Puig was more direct, saying he came to the ballpark early Sunday to get treatment for hip pain that flared up Saturday.
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September 10, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Mark Trumbo didn't just get a hit all five times he stepped to the plate Tuesday night. He circled the bases every time, too. Trumbo matched a team record with four extra-base hits, including back-to-back home runs with Josh Hamilton, and Chris Iannetta and Erick Aybar also went deep as the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-6. Trumbo had a career-best five hits and became the first player in Angels history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game.
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September 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI  - The race is nearly over for the Dodgers. With 21 games to play, they have the second-largest division lead in the majors. They can clinch a playoff berth by next weekend. The finish line is in sight. The question now is, will the Dodgers sprint through the tape or limp across it? They were clearly limping Saturday, when a costly baserunning error by Carl Crawford in the fourth inning and shaky relief outings by Paco Rodriguez and Brian Wilson gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory in 10 innings and extended the Dodgers' losing streak to three games, their longest since early June.
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September 7, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, in desperate need of young, effective and inexpensive starting pitchers, appear to have found one right in their own house. Garrett Richards recovered from a shaky start Saturday night to blank Texas on two hits from the third through seventh innings and lead the Angels to an 8-3 victory over the Rangers in Angel Stadium, their 12thwin in 15 games. The 25-year-old right-hander opened the season in the bullpen, made four starts in late April and went back to a relief role before replacing struggling right-hander Joe Blanton in the rotation in late July.
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September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
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September 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Some of Andre Ethier's fondest childhood memories are of days when Ethier would be picked up early by his father from his middle school in Phoenix. They would head to the Seattle Mariners' spring-training complex, where he could spend hours studying every move of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. "That's who I looked up to," Ethier said. "That's all I wanted to be. I always wanted to be a center fielder in the big leagues. " Eight years into his major league career, Ethier is finally living out his dream the way he envisioned it on those afternoons at the Peoria Sports Complex.
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September 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER - Don Mattingly won't say it, but the Dodgers are already starting to look ahead to October. The proof was in the lineup the manager fielded in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field. Yasiel Puig, who was dealing with soreness behind his right knee, was held out for precautionary reasons. Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis also didn't start. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 7, Rockies 4 "If it was a game separating us or we were a game back or something like that, we'd do it different," Mattingly said.
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