Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/20/12
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A lack of timely hitting hurt the Los Angeles Angels during the first stop on their road trip. They've also had trouble coming through in the clutch in recent games against the Oakland Athletics. Albert Pujols, though, has been successful in this season's series and he'll try to help the potentially short-handed Angels avoid their longest losing streak in nearly a month in Monday night's series opener. Los Angeles (18-24) opened its 10-game trip with a 7-2 win over San Diego on Friday but went 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position in back-to-back defeats. The Angels were 1 for 14 in Sunday's 3-2, 13-inning loss and tied a season high by leaving 12 runners on base. "The frustration of not playing to your potential, it's tough," manager Mike Scioscia said. Los Angeles has batted .231 with runners in scoring position while going 2-4 this season against the A's (21-21) and was 4 for 27 (.148) during a four-game losing streak in that series that ended May 15. Pujols, though, has...
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