ANAHEIM, Calif. The day started with a celebration, but it ended glumly again for the Angels. No matter what they do, it doesn't seem to come out well.
Their losses are starting to look bizarre. Thursday night at Angel Stadium, they out-hit the Oakland A's but left 11 base runners and lost 4-2. Every little thing works against them; every mistake comes back to haunt them.
Albert Pujols had three doubles, but the one he hit in the fifth inning missed clearing the fence in left field by a matter of inches. He now has gone 13 games and 54 at-bats without a homer for his new team, the longest homerless stretch of his career.
"It happens," he said. "Maybe tomorrow I hit one."
Maybe, maybe not. The Angels need some kind of kick start, but they can't get one, not from Pujols and not from pitcher CJ Wilson, who had been their best starter but had one unfortunate stretch in the fourth that cost his team the game.
The day had so much promise. In the late morning, the team held a press c...