Two months into the season, the Angels finally let the Texas Rangers know they are here.
While the Rangers got off to the best start in baseball, the Angels struggled through one of the most disappointing six-week stretches to start a season in franchise history. They finally came to life in late May. But the revival was built on wins against AL West also-rans Oakland and Seattle.
That turnaround gained credibility when the Angels took two out of three from the Rangers over the weekend, carving into a division lead that had once been as high as nine games. The Rangers left town just 4 12 games up on the Angels.
"You have to look at the big picture and we're playing much better baseball," Angels RHP Dan Haren said. "It was big (to win the series). We were winning games but we needed to beat them."
Before this weekend, the Rangers had started to take out ownership rights on the Angels. They had won six of the previous seven meetings and 10 of the previous 1...