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Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers dealt yet another blow to Los Angeles' fading playoff hopes with a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
Yu Darvish (16-9) held the Angels to four hits and struck out nine in a scintillating eight-inning duel with Zack Greinke, who gave up five hits and struck out eight.
Beltre then rewarded Darvish with his 34th homer to left field off Frieri (3-2), who wasted a phenomenal start by Greinke for the second time in six days.
Texas (89-60) improved the AL's best record and stayed four games ahead of Oakland (85-64) in the AL West by taking two of three from the Angels.
Los Angeles (81-69) dropped 4 1/2 games behind the Athletics and Baltimore in the AL wild-card standings. Oakland beat Detroit earlier, and the Orioles were idle.
Joe Nathan gave up a two-out double to Albert Pujols in the ninth, but got Kendrys Morales on a fly to finish his 34th save.
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The Texas Rangers' injury/illness epidemic is spreading through the middle of the lineup. On Wednesday, Josh Hamilton, the team's No. 3 hitter, reported no improvement in the blurred vision and difficulty focusing that forced him out of Tuesday's game after three innings. In addition, cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup due to an intestinal ailment. ...
Adrian Beltre essentially crawled into Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's office Thursday afternoon, sat doubled over in a chair with stomach cramps and told his skipper he was ready to play. "That's Adrian Beltre," Washington said. "And when he says something, you believe him." In case there were any doubt, Beltre delivered a game-winning homer...
Alternate headline: Yu Darvish Stops Being Polite, Starts Getting RealYu Darvish pitched again on Thursday, and Yu Darvish dominated again on Thursday. Unlike when he dominated the Mariners in his previous outing, this time he dominated a good team on the road, allowing a run over eight innings against the Angels. The Rangers beat the Angels, which the Angels found particularly devastating...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For all anybody knows, Ervin Santana might be nearing the end of his Angels tenure. There could be one more start on his schedule, maybe two.
If his career in an Angels uniform is indeed about to end, he can be soothed by the fact he's going out with his best stuff.
In a season of inconsistency and unmet expectations, Santana is finishing with a flourish...
An ex-con named Robert Wayne Harris was executed on Thursday night after the U.S. Supreme court refused appeals to stall his punishment. The 40-year-old Harris confessed to killing five people 12 years ago at a Dallas-area car wash that fired him. Before receiving lethal injections, Harris told his brother and three friends not to worry and then expressed his love for the Texas Rangers...
Still battling the effects of blurred vision, outfielder Josh Hamilton will not join the Rangers in
Seattle for the weekend series against the Mariners. The Rangers lost the opener of their three-game
series, 6-3.Hamilton, who entered Friday as the AL home run leader, has not played since leaving the opener of the
series at Los Angeles Tuesday in the fourth inning with blurred...
ANAHEIM, Calif. In the closing weeks of the season, with a playoff spot on the line, little things can make a big difference.
One mistake can cost a game. One base-running error can stop a big inning. One loss can sink a season.
The Angels spent Wednesday night lamenting all the little things that went wrong against the Texas Rangers. They lost a game, lost a day in their season...
Vernon Wells earned hustle points. But that's about it. In the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the Angels outfielder aggressively chased Ian Kinsler's fly ball and leaped into the left-field stands, hoping to make a spectacular catch. But Kinsler's blast ultimately cleared the wall, resulting in an embarrassing tumble for Wells. Wells then needed...
In a hilarious attempt to make what would have been an unbelievable play, Angels outfielder Vernon Wells went head first over the outfield wall. The Angels are trying to get back into the wild card race and efforts like this is what manager Mike Scioscia has to love. I have a feeling this will be on all the bloopers videos of the 2012 MLB season.
Check it out!
The post Vernon Wells...
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre is back in the Rangers lineup against the Seattle Mariners, but that doesn't mean his stomach problems are completely solved.
Beltre is hitting fourth and playing third base for the second-game of a weekend series against the Mariners on Saturday. Beltre flew to Seattle late Friday night after remaining in Southern California to have tests on...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Friday night to gain ground in the playoff race.
Mike Trout and Kendrys Morales homered for Los Angeles, which pulled within 3 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. The Athletics lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees in...
To quote John McClane, "How can the same **** happen to the same guy twice?"
Aside from the fact that this game might very well spell the end of the Angels' season, the only thing that anyone is going to remember this game for is Mike Scioscia once again pulling Zack Greinke during a great start in favor of Ernesto Frieri. The same Ernesto Frieri who spoiled the...
Back in July, Torii Hunter mentioned that he wanted to return to the Angels next season or join the Yankees, Rangers or Dodgers. The Dodgers are no longer an option with an outfield of Matt Kemp Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, but the Yankees and Rangers could potentially be options.
But Hunter is not shy about telling people where he wants to be next season as he told Alden Gonzalez...
A postseason berth could be secured over the weekend for the Texas Rangers, who are also inching closer to winning a third straight AL West title.
While reaching the playoffs doesn't seem like it should be an issue, the team suddenly has concerns over the health of its All-Star center fielder.
Bothered by a sinus problem, Josh Hamilton is returning to Texas for further examination...