Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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ARLINGTON, Texas The Los Angeles Angels decided to challenge the best hitter in baseball when they didn't have to. Already trailing by four runs in the fourth inning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia allowed his ace, Jered Weaver, to pitch to Josh Hamilton with one out and runners on second and third. Weaver may have thrown a no-hitter earlier this month, but he had just given up a grand slam to Nelson Cruz that gave the Rangers a 6-2 lead in the previous inning. This appeared to be a good spot for common sense to enter the conversation. Why challenge the most dangerous hitter in baseball when there's a vacancy at first base? Weaver made Hamilton look bad in his first two plate appearances, getting him to chase high fastballs out of the strike zone. And after a visit to the mound, Scioscia seemed convinced that Weaver could handle Hamilton a third time. Perhaps it slipped his mind that Hamilton had entered Sunday's rubber match against the Angels with nine homers and 15 RBI for the ...
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