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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jered Weaver became the American League's first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 7-4 Friday night to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth.
Los Angeles entered the day two games behind Oakland for the last wild-card spot. The Athletics, who came in trailing the first-place Rangers by four games in the AL West, were playing the Seattle Mariners late Tuesday.
Texas' magic number remains at three to clinch its third straight division crown. The Rangers need one more victory to lock up a postseason spot.
Weaver (20-4) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings to beat Texas for the fourth straight time this season. He is the Angels' first 20-game winner since Bartolo Colon had 21 in 2005.
Trout homered on the sixth pitch of the game out to the grassy area beyond the wall in center, his fifth starting off a game since Aug. 18.
The dynamic Angels rookie also set a club record by...
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There is no debate about the American League's Rookie of the Year this season. That award will go to Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout. However, the Angels have players involved in the debates surrounding the AL's other major awards -- MVP and Cy Young. Trout has been the leading MVP candidate for most of the second half, bidding to join Fred Lynn (1975) and...
With the Los Angeles Angels needing every win they can get to stay in the playoff hunt, their ace pitcher came up with another clutch start.
Jered Weaver became the American League's first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Angels beat Texas 7-4 Friday night to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth.
Los Angeles began the day two games behind...
Angels center fielder Mike Trout has become the first major league rookie ever with 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
Trout hit his 30th homer Sunday, a two-out solo shot in the seventh inning at Texas off Yu Darvish.
The 21-year-old Trout had a leadoff walk to start the game, then quickly got his 48th stolen base.
Only two players in the majors have ever had 30 homers and 50...
Sure, Mike Trout has only been the legal drinking age since August 7 but he's got the Captain Morgan pose down already. During some locker room shenanigans, this picture was taken with Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter and the rookie phenom hanging out with the famous rum captain.In the tweet featuring the picture, Trout didn't give a reason for the visit from the booze icon. I...
Jered Weaver became the American League's first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 7-4 Friday night to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth.
Los Angeles entered the day two games behind Oakland for the last wild-card spot. The Athletics, who came in trailing the first-place Rangers by four games in the AL West,...
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout became the franchise's all-time leader in runs scored for a season with 125 when he led off Friday's game against the Texas Rangers with a home run. The record of 124 was previously held by Vladimir Guerrero in 2004.
Mathematically, the Angels still have a chance. Realistically, they have no illusions about the difficulty of advancing to the playoffs with only a handful of games left.
But there's still life, if only just a little. If they play as well as they did Friday night in Arlington, Texas, they'll have no reason to mourn their finish should they fall short.
Torii Hunter hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels boosted their wild-card chances by rallying past the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Sunday.
Hunter's double into the left-center gap came off Joe Nathan (3-5), who blew a save for only the third time in 39 chances this season.
On an edition of SportsCenter Wednesday afternoon, Rob Parker and Keith Law had a debate about the AL MVP award. I can't find any video online to share the ridiculousness, but essentially, Law provided rational arguments arguing for Mike Trout while Parker took a page from the Skip Bayless book and made his point in favor of Miguel Cabrera by being loud.
After the debate...
Baseball at this time of the year is an exhausting experience. Outside of the emotional investment that comes with rooting on your favorite team as the cling to their playoff lives like so much cooked spaghetti, there's the added outpouring of emotion into games that can affect the playoff situaiton. Never have I cared more for teams to evicerate the Orioles and Athletics than...
The WAR (Wins Above Replacement) has been a very popular and controversial stat this year, especially when given the argument over who should be the AL MVP, Mike Trout of the Angles or our own Miguel Cabrera. Now if your asking yourself what exactly is the WAR statistic FanGraphs describes it as such…
WAR basically looks at a player and asks the question, “If this player got...
Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. The AL MVP race is pretty much a two-horse race at this point. It’s the explosive rookie phenom vs. the man chasing the elusive Triple Crown. Those who decry baseball as “boring” would be hard pressed to explain the tension present in this sudden rivalry. Almost overnight, it seems every sports media outlet in existence has their cameras trained...
Ah, Rookie hazing. That age old tradition that bonds both veterans and youngsters alike. It is also that time of year where the seasoned vets remind the kiddies who, in fact, is in charge. Whether it's the Smurfs incident that the Washington Nationals rookies lived through last year, or Mike Trout getting dressed up as Lady Gaga, every year a new high (low) is hit.I'm...