ANAHEIM, Calif. The events that transpired Wednesday night at Angel Stadium were so far out of the range of normal they almost defied belief.
An umpire took a face full of cleats from Angels outfielder Torii Hunter on a play at the plate and was forced to leave the game.
The Cleveland Indians started a pitcher who was arrested in January for identity fraud in his native Dominican Republic and later served a three-week suspension from Major League Baseball for lying about his age and true identity. The former Fausto Carmona took the mound as Roberto Hernandez, but the results might make him consider another name next time.
And perhaps strangest of all, Angels right-hander Ervin Santana pitched arguably his best game in almost two months, beating the Indians 8-4 and giving the Angels their first series win since late July.
The Angels picked up a game on first-place Texas in the American League West and gained ground on Tampa Bay and Oakland, two of the four teams ahead of them in...