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Aug 20, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Angels teammates gather around starting pitcher Garrett Richards after Richards was injured against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning at Fenway Park.
Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs, Howie Kendrick drove in two runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 to increase their AL West lead on Wednesday night.
Baltimore stretched its lead in the American League East to a seemingly impregnable 7-1/2 games by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Monday, with Nick Markakis hitting a two-run homer and preventing one with a leaping catch in right field.
Such words have never been truer in the American League West, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners all find themselves in possession of a playoff spot heading into play on Wednesday, August 20. If the season ended today all three teams would be heading to the postseason.
When they added Jon Lester to the rotation in late July, the Oakland Athletics were the second favorite to win the World Series behind the Detroit Tigers.
It rocked baseball's Hot Stove season because of its future implications, seeming to ensure that if Giancarlo Stanton was to ever become the Herculean superstar people expected him to transform into, it would not be with the Miami Marlins .
Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Aug 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
It's been a rough month for Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa , who has struggled on the hill going back to the end of July.
Jul 7, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun on base after a double in the fifth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
If you spent any of your formative years on a playground, at some point you probably heard someone utter the totally sexist and derogatory phrase: "You throw like a girl!" Well, thanks to 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis, that phrase may be taking on a new and much more positive meaning.
Junichi Tazawa #36 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after giving up two runs in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park on August 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
There were just eight games on Monday's major league schedule, but seven had a direct bearing on the playoff races.
Dang. That time of year again, huh? Time to trade the sun block for the textbooks, the pool for the school.
The Angels can claim bragging rights in Los Angeles, or at least claim fantasy bragging rights, as their all-time team defeated the L.A. Dodgers team in a best-of-seven series held online over the weekend.
The Los Angeles Angels hit a speed bump Sunday on their journey toward a playoff berth when they coughed up a lead in the ninth before losing 3-2 to the struggling Texas Rangers .
Updated: Thu Aug 21, 2014 02:16 am
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