Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12

When each team made bold moves on the free-agent market this off-season, it was a popular storyline to peg the Los Angeles Angels-Texas Rangers as the West's equivalent of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.

That talked cooled down when the two teams started the season going in opposite directions. The Rangers got off to one of the best starts in the majors while the Angels lost 14 of their first 20 in one of their most disappointing starts.

But that has turned around and the rivalry could heat up in the next two weeks. Starting with a series in Anaheim this week, the Angels and Rangers play each other seven times in the next 13 games (and 13 times the rest of the season).

"It's getting there," Angels veteran Torii Hunter said of the Yankees-Red Sox comparisons. "It's not 'heat' in hating each other. It's competitiveness, a lot of competitiveness, trying to beat each other.

"The Yankees and Red Sox have all that history. We're boiling. We're the new generation -- like YouTube ... or Instagram. We're the new thing."

The Angels have been unable to gain much ground on the Rangers despite playing well since their slow start. Since the start of June, the Angels are 24-17 but have actually lost a half-game in the standings to the Rangers.

"Yeah, I guess it is a little frustrating," Angels OF Mark Trumbo said. "I didn't notice it so much until the All-Star break when it seemed like we had played extremely well for an extended stretch and you look up (at the standings) and they're still up there by four or five games.

"That's why it doesn't do too much good to look at those things (the standings). You can't control how another team plays. It's inevitable that you're going to see them because they display them so prominently in every stadium."

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