ANAHEIM, Calif. The Angels hit the All-Star break in perfect stride, with a pair of weekend victories, the best record in the major leagues over the past two months and a collective sense that the best is yet to come.
But a four-day respite from the grind of the American League West also comes at a welcome time. With almost half a season left to play and the Texas Rangers still in the lead, the Angels know their work isn't quite done.
"We have a long way to go," manager Mike Scioscia said late Sunday afternoon. "Our focus has to be on how we're playing the game, and right now we're playing at a much higher level than we were any time in the first six weeks of the season."
The Angels are sending four players to the All-Star Game in Kansas City this week, although one of them, left-hander CJ Wilson, won't play because of a persistent blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
He'll be there anyway, along with outfielders Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, both of whom flexed th...