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What's new: Since taking two of three from the Rays at the Trop last week, the Angels swept the Brewers in Milwaukee to make it an 8-1 road trip that started in Seattle, but it's still too little to keep this from being a season of major disappointment. The big-bucks signing of former Rays prospect Josh Hamilton hasn't paid off, and Albert Pujols is out for the season with plantar fasciitis. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo still make for a dangerous lineup, and Angels pitching can be tough.

Key stat: The Angels have 24 losses by one run, and another nine by two runs.

Connections: Manager Joe Maddon spent 31 years in the Angels organization mostly as a minor- and major-league coach; C Jose Molina, INF Sean Rodriguez, RHPs Fernando Rodney and Joel Peralta, 1B coach George Hendrick played for the Angels; LHP Alex Torres did in the minors. Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa and pitching coach Mike Butcher are former Rays; Tampa Bay made Hamilton 1999's overall No. 1 pick.

Series history: Angels lead 2-1 this season, 81-59 overall, 43-27 in Anaheim.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Angels preview 09/01/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 1, 2013 8:20pm]
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