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angels' wild card hopes fading after 4-2 loss to white sox


chicago — james shields tossed seven strong innings, nicky delmonico drove in a pair of runs and the chicago white sox beat the angels 4-2 on monday night, dealing a serious blow to los angeles' slim playoff hopes.with six games remaining, the angels trail minnesota by five games for the second al wild card.mike trout hit his 30th homer for los angeles, which has dropped seven of eight.trout joins alex rodriguez, jimmie foxx, jose conseco and joe dimaggio as the only players in al history with four 30-homer years before their age-26 season.delmonico went 2 for 4. matt davidson and adam engel each had an rbi for chicago, which has won four of five.shields (5-7) allowed two runs on four hits. the 35-year-old has won three of his last four starts.aaron bummer and gregory infante combined for






francisco lindor and the indians deal a big blow to angels' playoff hopes


the angels have gone through several rolls of duct tape trying to hold their team together, somehow remaining in playoff contention despite an endless string of injuries that has depleted their roster and severely tested their depth.the scorching-hot cleveland indians punctured those postseason hopes on thursday when shortstop francisco lindor hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning of a 4-1 victory before an announced crowd of 29,863 in angel stadium that appeared about half that size.with a three-game sweep, the american league central-champion indians have won 27 of 28 games since aug. 24, a stretch that included a 22-game winning streak that was the second-longest in major league history.the angels are still alive, trailing minnesota by two games for the second wild-card






perez gets through 7, rangers beat angels 3-0


anaheim, calif. — it was supposed to be over, all those early season hopes of a playoff spot, when the texas rangers sent ace yu darvish to the dodgers and starting catcher jonathan lucroy to the rockies.the rangers were six games under .500 on aug. 1, a team worth giving up on."that's not the way we look at it," said texas rookie drew robinson. "we believe in the guys we have here."robinson hit a two-run homer as the rangers continued an improbable push for a wild-card spot thursday night, riding seven strong innings from martin perez to a 3-0 win over the los angeles angels.texas has won eight of 11, pulling within a game of the final al wild card. despite trading stars for prospects."we told ourselves we haven't played our best baseball yet, no matter who we had here," robinson said. "i






james shields, nicky delmonico drive white sox to 4-2 win over angels


the white sox pushed the angels one step further toward elimination from the american league wild-card race with a 4-2 victory monday night at guaranteed rate field.the sox led from the first inning, when nicky delmonico hit a two-run double to right-center field off angels right-hander ricky nolasco.yolmer sanchez had singled to lead off the bottom of the first, and tim anderson reached second on shortstop andrelton simmons’ two-base throwing error.the angels entered the four-game series with an elimination number of three behind the twins for the second al wild-card spot.at the plateavisail garcia tripled and scored on matt davidson’s sacrifice fly in the third.the sox added a run on adam engel’s fielder’s choice in the sixth.on the moundthe angels cut the early two-run lead in half in t






mariners’ postseason hopes fade some with sweep by astros


the mariners are now 69-71 and will face the angels — a team they are chasing in the wild card standings — in an ultra-important three-game series, starting friday.the “other guy” that the astros acquired for the final month of the season has already provided major contributions in his short time with houston. while much of the focus was placed on the acquisition of right-hander justin verlander and for good reason, houston also added cameron maybin after he became expandable when his former team — the angels — traded for justin upton. for the second straight night at safeco field, maybin provided the decisive runs with a two-run homer. the astros’ 5-3 victory completed a three-game sweep and removed a little more life from the mariners’ fading postseason hopes. l.a. angels @ mariners, 7:1






davis hits hr, astros score on wild pitch to beat angels 2-1


anaheim, calif. — the houston astros found a way to win and showed the los angeles angels why they have the best record in the american league despite their recent struggles.collin mchugh pitched six strong innings, rookie j.d. davis homered, and george springer scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to lead the astros to a 2-1 victory over the angels on friday night.houston got a needed win after losing 16 of their previous 25 games and handed los angeles its fourth loss in five games after winning nine of 11. the loss knocked the angels 1 1/2 games behind minnesota for the last wild-card spot in the al."a week ago we were playing great baseball," los angeles manager mike scioscia said. "we were playing at a level where we could absorb a bad break."we need to focus






francisco lindor and the indians deal a big blow to angels' playoff hopes


the angels have run out of duct tape trying to hold their team together, somehow remaining in playoff contention despite an endless string of injuries that has depleted their roster.those postseason hopes were punctured on thursday by the scorching-hot cleveland indians, who rode shortstop francisco lindor’s tiebreaking, three-run fifth-inning homer to a 4-1 victory before an announced crowd of 29,863 in angel stadium that appeared about half that size.with a three-game sweep, the american league central-champion indians have won 27 of 28 games since aug. 24, a stretch that included a 22-game win streak that was the second-longest in major league history.“man, what have they won, 27 of 28? it’s a joke. it’s unbelievable,” angels right fielder kole calhoun said. “it wasn’t our day. it wasn’






twins open wild card lead to 2½ games as bats come alive in detroit


detroit – joe mauer has been on twins teams that have chased down division leaders, and he’s been on a few teams that have been chased. he’s played in two game 163s, losing one in 2008 and then winning one in 2009.“i’ve seen a lot,” he said. “especially the last few weeks in september.”he knows that if the twins keep winning, they won’t have to worry about who’s chasing them. while it’s human nature to scoreboard watch and have the angels-indians game on in the clubhouse — which the twins did thursday — the twins know they control their playoff destiny.and mauer was in the middle of the twins’ 12-1 rout of the tigers on thursday at comerica park, their first step to recovery after being swept by the yankees in three games earlier in the week. coupled with the angels’ loss to the indians —






bats come alive and twins stretch wild card lead to 2.5 after win over tigers


detroit – joe mauer has been on twins teams that have chased down division leaders, and he’s been on a few teams that have been chased. he’s played in two game 163s, losing one in 2008 and then winning one in 2009.“i’ve seen a lot,” he said. “especially the last few weeks in september.”he knows that if the twins keep winning, they won’t have to worry about who’s chasing them. while it’s human nature to scoreboard watch and have the angels-indians game on in the clubhouse — which the twins did thursday — the twins know they control their playoff destiny.and mauer was in the middle of the twins’ 12-1 rout of the tigers on thursday at comerica park, their first step to recovery after being swept by the yankees in three games earlier in the week. coupled with the angels’ loss to the indians —






pair of hrs by polanco spark twins in 6-4 win vs. white sox


minneapolis — jorge polanco homered twice and ervin santana struck out seven while pitching into the seventh inning, leading the minnesota twins past the chicago white sox 6-4 on tuesday night.eduardo escobar drove in two runs for the twins, who started the day with a one-game lead over the los angeles angels in the crowded race for the second al wild card. santana (14-7) matched his highest total for wins since he was a 17-game winner 2010 with the angels.jose abreu went 4 for 4 with a walk and two rbis for the white sox, who fell to 4-17 in their last 21 road games.matt belisle pitched the ninth for his fifth save. james shields (2-5) has not won for the white sox in 10 starts.






analysis: what it could take for mariners to make playoffs


seattle has 22 games left and might need to win 16 of them to get into the american league wild-card playoff.following the three-game sweep by the astros, the mariners’ postseason hopes seem to be on life support, if not all ready ruled dead by some. seattle finally got decent starting pitching in the series, but the offense was stymied by houston’s superior starting pitching. the inability of the mariners’ bullpen to operate successfully within the thin margins of victory/defeat was also a problem.the prevailing questions for the few fans that haven’t already given up hope goes something like this:from seatown baller @seatownballerl.a. angels @ mariners, 7:10 p.m., root sportsmariners, done or finished?well, ok, maybe not everyone has that same question, or that same level of snark. but f






angels fall to rangers 7-5 in extras with wild-card playoffs still in reach


what was once a pipe dream harbored only by fans of the team, its employees and some of its players has become attainable. even after their 7-5 loss in 10 innings to texas on wednesday, the angels are 35 games of above-average baseball away from earning a spot in the oct. 3 american league wild-card game. as their unlikely season swirls and sways toward potential playoff position, a clear, present need has sprung: someone good to start that potential wild-card game.for a team in desperate search of a starter it can count on, andrew heaney represents an intriguing option. heaney and his left arm have long been prized because of his propensity for control. that ability remains, as his walk-free first two starts back from elbow ligament replacement surgery have demonstrated. but hurdles, too,






angels fall to rangers 7-5 in extras with wild-card playoffs still in reach


what was once a pipe dream harbored only by the team’s fans, employees and players has become attainable. even after their 7-5 loss in 10 innings to texas on wednesday, the resilient angels are 35 games of above-average baseball away from earning a spot in the oct. 3 american league wild-card game. as their unlikely season swirls and sways toward potential playoff position, a clear, present need has sprung: someone good to start that game against an opposing ace.for a team in desperate search of a starter it can count on, andrew heaney represents an intriguing option. heaney and his left arm have long been prized because of his propensity for control. that ability remains, as his walk-free first two starts back from elbow ligament replacement surgery have demonstrated. but hurdles, too, li






by the numbers: the angels are only three games out of an american league wild-c


the angels were not supposed to be in playoff contention this season, and when mike trout went on the disabled list in late may, that was supposed to be the end for the team. but they are only three games out of an american league wild-card spot as the second half of the season begins.here’s a look at some key first-half numbers:24-23: the angel’s record when mike trout appeared in a game this season.21-24: their record in games without trout.10: the number of times teams have intentionally walked trout this season, which leads the al by three over logan morrison of tampa bay.25: the number of stolen bases for cameron maybin, tied for third (with jose cardenal in 1965 and devon white in 1989) for the most by an angel at the break behind chone figgins (2005) and trout (2012), who each had 2






indians roll on, beat angels 6-3 for 25th win in 26 games


anaheim, calif. — jay bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, austin jackson singled four times and the incredible cleveland indians rolled on by beating the los angeles angels 6-3 tuesday night for their 25th victory in 26 games.roberto perez added a solo home run for the al central champions to support a strong outing by mike clevinger (11-5).los angeles' offense struggled for the third consecutive game as the angels missed a chance to gain ground on minnesota in their bid for the final american league playoff berth.the loss was the fourth in five games for the angels, who remained 1½ games behind the twins for the second al wild card. in each of the team's previous two games, los angeles scored two runs on four hits.clevinger, drafted by the angels in 2011, allowed one run






mike trout 'ready to go' as angels enter key stretch


the angels were not supposed to be in playoff contention this season, and when mike trout went on the disabled list in late may, that was supposed to be the end for the team. but they are only three games out of an american league wild-card spot as the second half of the season begins.here’s a... (houston mitchell)






mariners hand angels' parker bridwell his first loss in 10-0 rout


all season, the angels have hung around wild-card contention because they have hung around games, never falling so far behind as to render a revival an impossibility. accordingly, they lead the major leagues in comeback victories. ten runs is too much, they learned friday at angel stadium. seattle shut them out, 10-0, in the angels’ most thorough defeat of 2017, of which not even one positive could be extracted.“oh, we’re turning the page on this one,” angels manager mike scioscia began his postgame news conference. “it was a rough night all the way around.”before this laugher, the angels had not trailed by double-digit runs all season. their year’s worst defeat had contained an eight-run margin, to this same seattle club in may. left-hander ariel miranda started that game and pitched seve






mariners hand angels' parker bridwell his first loss in 10-0 rout


all season, the angels have hung around wild-card contention because they have hung around games, never falling so far behind as to render a revival an impossibility. accordingly, they lead the major leagues in comeback victories. ten runs is too much, they learned friday at angel stadium. seattle shut them out, 10-0, in the angels’ most thorough defeat of 2017, of which not even one positive could be extracted.“oh, we’re turning the page on this one,” angels manager mike scioscia began his postgame news conference. “it was a rough night all the way around.”before this laugher, the angels had not trailed by double-digit runs all season. their year’s worst defeat had contained an eight-run margin, to this same seattle club in may. left-hander ariel miranda started that game and pitched seve






twins postseason tickets go on sale to public september 28


tickets for twins postseason games at target field -- if there are postseason games at target field -- will go on sale thursday, sept. 28, the team announced.tickets for a potential tiebreaker game, a potential american league wild card game and potential games in the american league division series go on sale at 10 a.m. that day on the the team's website, www.twinsbaseball.com.the twins are in the second american league wild card position, two games ahead of the los angeles angels, with 13 games remaining. they open a three-game series in new york tonight against the yankees, who hold the first wild card spot and are four games ahead of the twins.should three teams tie for a wild card spot, and tiebreaker games are necessary, the postseason schedule could be affected. for now, the al wild






angels beat a's 8-7 in 10th, take over 2nd al wild-card spot


oakland, calif. — pinch-hitter ben revere lined a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that diving left fielder matt joyce just missed, and the los angeles angels took over the second al wild-card spot by beating the oakland athletics 8-7 on tuesday night.the angels moved a half-game ahead of minnesota, which lost at tampa bay. the angels are five games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015 season.oakland lost its eighth in a row, matching its longest skid over the last five years.cam bedrosian (5-4) pitched a scoreless ninth. eduardo paredes retired jed lowrie on a flyball to escape a bases-loaded jam for his first career save.blake treinen (1-4) retired the first two batters in the 10th. he then hit a batter, c.j. cron singled and revere followed with his hit.cron hit a tw






islanders beat preds 2-1 in ot to preserve playoff hopes


nashville, tenn. — thomas hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and the new york islanders beat the nashville predators 2-1 tuesday night to preserve their thin playoff hopes for at least another game.brock nelson also scored for the islanders, and goalie jaroslav halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight in chasing the eastern conference's second wild card.the islanders came in with captain john tavares missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. they outshot nashville 32-23 to ruin the predators' regular season home finale.mike fisher scored a goal for nashville, which lost four of its last five.with the win, the islanders moved within five points of toronto for the second wild card after both boston and ottawa won earlier tuesday night to move up the atlantic divis






comeback comes up short as twins lose wild card cushion


st. petersburg, fla. - after being knocked down monday then shut down tuesday, the twins know they need to respond as they are allowing the pack to creep closer in the fight for a al wild card.and they need to respond quickly.“i don’t want to say it’s a must-win,” second baseman brian dozier said. “it’s a game we really need to win [wednesday] to get going into kansas city.”the twins were no-hit by rays righthander jake odorizzi for 6⅓ innings tuesday on the way to a 2-1 loss. their challenge is to leave tampa bay with at least one victory before their four-game series against the royals.after losing 11-4 on monday and shut down tuesday, the twins have dropped three consecutive games and four of their past five.the rays pulled within two games of the twins for the second al wild card. the






yankees show veteran savvy in patiently wearing down twins


new york – yankee stadium seems more like yankee university this week, because the veterans in white uniforms are schooling the kids in gray. the twins know the basics of winning games, of course, but they’re getting a master’s education in how the little details can make a big difference — in a game, and perhaps in a postseason race.the yankees, whose offense normally involves the use of rocket launchers, instead used a handful of spare parts — a couple of walks, a patch of slippery wet grass, an ill-timed error by a sure-handed defender, and for the second straight night, a wild pitch — to spitball together enough runs for cc sabathia and the yankees to walk away with a 5-2 victory.the twins’ fourth loss in five days, and second in a row in this new york showdown, could whittle the twins






hamels tames mariners, rangers stay close in wild-card hunt


seattle — cole hamels has a long history of winning down the stretch, and he gave the texas rangers exactly what they needed thursday night.hamels dominated for eight innings, adrian beltre and shin-soo choo went deep and the rangers beat the seattle mariners 4-2 to hang around the al wild-card hunt.texas and the los angeles angels are 2 1/2 games behind minnesota for the second wild card. the angels lost to cleveland, while the twins blew out detroit.hamels (11-4) allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight. he gave up a solo homer to nelson cruz — his 35th — in the seventh, along with a pair of singles to jean segura.hamels has a 29-16 career record in september and october, including 8-3 in three seasons with texas."that's veteran leadership showing up," rangers manager jeff b






polanco's power surge continues with two homers as twins hold off chicago


jorge polanco is stepping up to become the latest power-hitting sensation, right up there with miguel sano and brian dozier.right?“no,” polanco said with a straight face. “i just think i’m hitting the ball very good.”the white sox feel differently after watching polanco pulverize more of their pitches, then take casual jogs around the bases.polanco is on a power spree, and it’s helping the twins tighten their grip on the second wild-card spot. the shortstop hit two more taters tuesday night — a solo shot from each side of the plate — as the twins held off chicago 6-4 at target field to take the opener of a three-game series.the twins have a one-game lead on the angels for the second wild card, after the angels beat the a’s 8-2 in anaheim late tuesday. video (01:12): santana pitches into th






angels' playoff hopes continue to fade after sixth straight loss


the major league baseball season is a beast, a monstrosity unlike anything else in sports. for at least eight months, there is almost always a game the next day. that truth offers unceasing opportunities to avenge defeat, constant chances to spoil victory and, at the end, a particular sense of torment.after their sixth straight loss, 6-2 to houston on saturday, the angels reached the stage in their season where time appears, for once, too short. but because this is baseball, the angels tried to comfort themselves with the time they do have left.“at the end of the day, that’s what we’ve gotta lean on,” said justin upton, who supplied all of the angels’ offense with home runs. “that, the next day, we’re gonna be able to play better. we’re not getting the results we want, but guys are grindin






rangers fall 3 1/2 back for wild card with 4-1 loss to a's


oakland, calif. — the texas rangers are running out of time to avoid missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.rookie matt olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off nick martinez that helped the athletics beat texas 4-1 on friday night and damage the rangers' playoff hopes."we haven't been able to play good baseball here in oakland," shortstop elvis andrus said. "but we've got to a scratch that out and stay positive. tomorrow is a big game for us."texas, which had won four straight, dropped 3½ games behind minnesota for the second al wild card. the rangers are tied with the los angeles angels.shin-soo choo hit his 21st home run for texas in the third but the rangers were blanked the rest of the way and lost at oakland for the sixth time in seven ga






wild-los angeles game recap


game recapstar tribune’s three stars1. ryan white, wild: in his wild debut, he had a goal and an assist for his sixth career multi-point game.2. marian gaborik, kings: former wild sniper had a goal and an assist.3. jordan schroeder, wild: almost scratched, he had a goal and an assist for his fifth career multi-point game.by the numbers15-3-2 wild record when coming off a loss.300career nhl games for mikael granlund.226players to play for the wild in history (martin hanzal/white).42points in the past 35 games for granlund.michael russo






angels have learned something about themselves while without mike trout


an oversize season schedule is attached to one wall of the angels’ clubhouse, and it marks more than the passage of time. a baseball occupies the square on the day of each angels victory, and there aren’t as many gaps between those baseballs as you’d think there would have been during the month since reigning american league mvpmike trout tore a ligament in his left thumb and underwent surgery.most recently, two balls were affixed to the calendar for their three-game series at new york against the yankees, two for winning their three-game series at boston, one for their triumph in the freeway series opener at dodger stadium, and another for their wild comeback wednesday at angel stadium. they didn’t expand their collection thursday because of a 12-strikeout performance by clayton kershaw a






angels, like their ace garrett richards, fated to miss out on the playoffs


in a way, friday night was all that garrett richards wanted for so long. in another, it was none of it.richards did what he waited 17 months to do, dueling with justin verlander, carrying a shutout two-thirds of the way through the game. then, minutes after his predetermined exit, the angels renounced their grip on a scoreless tie and lost a game they had to win to remain relevant in the halting wild-card race.“what are you gonna do?” richards asked. “verlander was good too.”after their 3-0 loss to houston before a loud crowd of 34,127 at minute maid park, the angels’ postseason dreams are nearing hopeless territory. losers of five straight and under .500 for the first time since aug. 10, they trail the minnesota twins by 3 1/2 games for the american league’s last playoff spot with nine ga






handicapping the race for the last al postseason spot


the race for the second wild card in the american league isn’t exactly a picture of excellence.it could still be awfully exciting.minnesota holds that spot after sunday’s victory at toronto, but there are six teams within three games of the twins, meaning over two-thirds of the american league is within striking distance of the postseason. the teams in the hunt for the second wild card all have plenty of weaknesses, but they can still hold out hope that a strong september will put them one step closer to a world series berth.here’s a breakdown of the seven teams chasing that final postseason spot:most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.minnesota twins (67-63)why they might make the postseason: after a terrible first half with the bat, young center fielder byron buxton has






angels' pitching crumbles in 9-5 loss to twins


the angels’ pitching staff has helped the team withstand more than a month without mike trout. if the club’s to remain in wild-card contention, that must continue for at least one more week, while trout finishes his rehabilitation from a torn thumb ligament.on monday at target field, it did not. three of the four angels pitchers to appear struggled, and the angels lost, 9-5, to minnesota. starter alex meyer’s signature wildness was on display early, though he at first managed to evade ill effects. in the first inning, he hit a man and walked another, but spun a perfectly placed slider to strike out kennys vargas and end it.after a one-out double and walk in the second, meyer was unable to work out of trouble. shortstop andrelton simmons nearly saved him with a diving play up the middle, bu






podcast | sportswriters blues: discussing the dodgers, the angels, jeans and bra


there are just days left in the major league baseball season and our dodgers and angels beat writers are feeling it.the dodgers are set for a playoff run, while the angels are fighting for a wild-card ticket to the postseason.with that in mind it’s time for another edition of the sportswriters blues with andy mccullough and pedro moura.get it on itunes »[email protected] andy mccullough on twitter @mcculloughtimes​​​​​​​[email protected] pedro moura on twitter @pedromoura






angels' pitching crumbles in 9-5 loss to twins


the angels’ pitching staff has helped the team withstand more than a month without mike trout. if the club is to remain in wild-card contention, that must continue for at least one more week, while trout finishes his rehabilitation from a torn thumb ligament.on monday at target field, it did not. three of the four angels pitchers to appear struggled, and the angels lost 9-5 to minnesota.starter alex meyer’s signature wildness was on display early, though he at first managed to evade ill effects. in the first inning, he hit a batter and walked another, but spun a perfectly placed slider to strike out kennys vargas and end it.after a one-out double and walk in the second, meyer was unable to work out of trouble. shortstop andrelton simmons nearly saved him with a diving play up the middle, b






angels mailbag: why so many games?


hello, angels fans. your favorite baseball team is off monday. for a night, their record will rest at 36-37, which translates to an 80-win pace for a full season. if it seems like they have been hovering around .500 all year, it is because they have.as always, there is a plenty to talk about concerning the team, so let’s get to the weekly mailbag questions and answers.it does look a bit weird, i have to say, but it turns out it’s not nearly as weird as it appears. as of this morning, the angels have played 73 games this season, six more than four major league teams and the most in the majors, one more than colorado and tampa bay. the rays are not off today, so they’ll be tied shortly.it is always someone, though. on this day last year, toronto had played five more games than the rays and t






wild pitch helps angels beat rays 3-2


st. petersburg, fla. — jefry marte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to help the los angeles angels' beat the tampa bay rays 3-2 on monday night.the angels, who have won six of eight, pushed across the run without a hit in the seventh inning against tampa bay relievers jumbo diaz (0-3) and ryne stanek. after walking mike trout intentionally to load the bases with two out, stanek threw a ball in the dirt while facing albert pujols, allowing marte to score easily.corey dickerson and logan morrison homered off angels starter j.c. ramirez for tampa bay's only two runs.dickerson's 12th home run, and his sixth in six games, came on his 28th birthday. morrison's 12th homer was his seventh of the month.andrelton simmons drove in the angels' first run with a sacrifice fl






shares in asia mixed on uncertainty over us immigration flap


tokyo (ap) — most financial markets were closed in asia on monday for lunar new year holidays, but shares fell in japan and australia on uncertainty over the potential impact of president donald trump’s travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions.keeping score: japan’s nikkei 225 index fell 0.5 percent to 19,368.85. the s&p asx 200 in australia dropped 0.9 percent to 5,661.50 and india’s sen was nearly flat at 27,894.10. shares rose in thailand and indonesia. many other asian markets were closed.trump travel ban: the executive order signed by trump on friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia or yemen. it imposed a 120-day suspension of the u.s. refugee program and blocked syrians from entry