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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, celebrates his second home run of the game with teammates during the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.
15, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. . Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker, center, gets a fist bump from a coach in the dugout before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Monday, Sept.
The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for the big league-leading Angels , who reduced their magic number to three in the AL West race with their 11th victory in 12 games.
For the past two seasons, Mike Trout has put up MVP numbers, but failed to win the award. Many claimed that since the Los Angeles Angels were not competing for a division title or a playoff spot, he couldn't really be that valuable.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought his team had a real chance to make a move on the Orioles in the American League East race coming back from the All-Star break. The Blue Jays were four games out of first place, but they were facing three struggling teams, two at home, while the Orioles had to start on the West Coast with the Oakland Athletics , the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners .
After emerging as the best team in baseball over the first half, the Oakland Athletics have been free-falling throughout August and September. While much of the blame can be attributed to the A's suddenly feeble offense, Oakland's normally reliable bullpen faltered with closer Sean Doolittle on the disabled list, costing the team a few wins in the process.
It's that magical time of year in baseball. Just ask the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels.
Sep 9, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis reacts after leaving the game during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports It has been quite a long time since the Texas Rangers were able to pull out the brooms, but they did so today against the Braves behind some great pitching from Colby Lewis and a strong day at the plate for Luis Sardinas .
It might have benefited the Angels more if Mike Scioscia had given the starters the afternoon off. But with a mentality of "No Rest 'Til Clinching" the lineup on Sunday hardly resembled that which had amassed a ten-game win streak.
"We're going to be OK, guys," the Mariners manager told the media as he concluded his postgame remarks after a 4-0 loss to Oakland on Sunday. "I promise.
The turning point in the Angels' season didn't happen until they solidified their bullpen with several mid-season acquisitions, including a July 18 trade for veteran closer Huston Street. At least that's the opinion of Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Anaheim, CA - Dallas Keuchel pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Houston Astros ended the Los Angeles Angels' 10-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Sunday. Keuchel was perfect through five innings and allowed just one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts over seven-plus innings to win his first game since July 30. Gregorio Petit hit a three-run homer and Robbie Grossman hit a two-run single for Houston, which avoided a three-game series sweep.
Though the offense scored just five runs , Jered Weaver struck out 12 in a glimpse of his 2011 form, while Mike Trout's three extra-base hits fueled ample offensive support in a win over Houston. The team has now scored 86 runs in its past ten games and allowed a mere 34. Jered Weaver struck out 12, walked just one, and allowed only one earned run across seven sweet innings, in which he looked like the Weaver of old.
Sep 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Ten more treks on the 57 freeway to Angel Stadium.
The #BigBangTheory cast will b filming #AtTheBigA on 9/14 before the game! If you're here you can b part of the scene pic.twitter.com/NURfFHqXwo Angels fans will get to be part of some scenes of an upcoming BIG BANG episode this Sunday when the hit show films an episode at Angel Stadium.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 07:49 am
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