Will underachieving Angels be a tough opponent for the Orioles? (play to resume at 11 p.m.)

Will underachieving Angels be a tough opponent for the Orioles? (play to resume at 11 p.m.)
At 27-36, the Los Angeles Angels are not at all where they expected to be. Where they are is third place in the American League West, but 10 ½ games out of first as they open a series at Camden Yards tonight. The Angels are eighth in the AL in runs scored and 10th in team ERA. Los Angeles ranks 10th in starting pitcher ERA at 4.49 and the Orioles are 12th at 4.88. Los Angeles dug an early hole with a 2-8 start. The Angels recently had an eight-game win streak that pulled them within...
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Harper, like Trout, has energized Nationals' power play

Harper, like Trout, has energized Nationals' power play
Outfielder Bryce Harper rested for eight innings Sunday. Back in the lineup Monday, he picked up where he left off with an RBI single in the first inning that scored Steve Lombardozzi. Harper finished 3-4 with two runs, a walk, a stolen base and an RBI, and is now hitting .295. .295? Yes, this rookie is here to stay. There was a recent article in USA Today about how important rookie Mike Trout was to the Angels' turnaround, saying that Trout had more of an impact on his team's play than...
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Report: Nationals and Angels talking Bourjos

Report: Nationals and Angels talking Bourjos
Before the season, the Nationals focused on acquiring a starting center fielder. Some talks centered around Los Angeles Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos. With injuries to the Nationals outfielders, especially to starting right fielder Jayson Werth, this FOXSports.com report indicates those talks may be heating up. The 25-year old Bourjos has seen his playing time dwindle ever since the Angels called up prospect Mike Trout. Bourjos is batting .192 through 21 games this season, but hit .271 with...
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Meyers will switch to long relief as he begins career with Yankees

Meyers will switch to long relief as he begins career with Yankees
Right-hander Brad Meyers was selected by the New York Yankees in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings on Thursday and is looking forward to the new challenge. "My agent called me at 7 a.m. and woke me up," Meyers said. "I didn't know what time the draft would be, but, yes, I was excited." After getting promoted mid-season from Double-A Harrisburg Senators, Meyers went 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA last season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, striking out 74 hitters...
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Nationals force extra innings, but Angels plate winner in 10th, 4-3

Nationals force extra innings, but Angels plate winner in 10th, 4-3
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fought off another late-inning comeback attempt by the Nationals, 4-3 in 10 innings at Angels Stadium, spoiling Davey Johnson's debut as manager. With the bases loaded, Maicer Izturis slapped an RBI single up the middle to win it off of Sean Burnett (3-4). Peter Bourjos with a ground-rule double got two runners in scoring position with one out. The Angels pounded out 16 hits for the win. Scott Downs notched the win (5-2). Davey Johnson meets with the media...
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Angels take lead 3-2 over the Nationals (in progress)

Angels take lead 3-2 over the Nationals (in progress)
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lead the Nationals 3-2 after six innings. Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman with solo homers off of Ervin Santana gave Washington a 2-0 lead. The Angels' Alberto Callaspo with an RBI single in the fourth to get the Angels on the board against John Lannan. Then, a single by Peter Bourjos scored another run and the game was tied at 2. The Angels took their first lead of the game in the sixth inning on another RBI single, this one off the bat of Bobby Wilson,...
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Nationals' Morse and Zimmerman launch HRs for lead in Anaheim, 2-0

Nationals' Morse and Zimmerman launch HRs for lead in Anaheim, 2-0
Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman connected with solo homers in the second and fourth innings, respectively, giving the Nationals a two-nothing lead over the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. Zimmerman's third homer of the season was down the left field line off of starter Ervin Santana to lead off the fourth frame. Morse's bomb led off the second to right center field, his 15th on the campaign. Morse also added a double deep to center field off the wall. John Lannan had trouble in the...
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Morse gives Nationals early advantage in Anaheim, 1-0

Morse gives Nationals early advantage in Anaheim, 1-0
The Nationals first baseman Michael Morse smacked a solo homer to lead off the top of the second inning, giving Davey Johnson the early lead in his first game as manager for Washington. Morse took the second offering in the at-bat off of Ervin Santana to deep right center field over the wall for his 15th home run of the season. John Lannan got out of a two on jam in the first inning. Nationals lead the Angels1-0 in the second inning.
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Starting lineups: Nationals at Angels game one

Starting lineups: Nationals at Angels game one
Starting lineup for the Nationals in Game One against the L.A. Angels at Angels stadium: John Lannan opposes Ervin Santana. The National starting nine: Roger Bernadina CF Jayson Werth RF Ryan Zimmerman 3B Laynce Nix LF Michael Morse 1B Danny Espinosa 2B Wilson Ramos C Matt Stairs DH Ian Desmond SS The Angels lineup: Izturis 2B Aybar SS Abreu DH Wells RF Kendrick LF Trumbo 1B Callaspo 3B Bourjos CF Wilson C
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