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Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Los Angeles Angels

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What's new: The Angels aren't leading the AL West, which is their usual place at this time of season. Injuries have taken a major toll (with 15 players serving time on the DL), along with inconsistent, thus at times ineffective, starting pitching. Rookie Peter Bourjos took over in centerfield, pushing All-Star Torii Hunter to right. C Mike Napoli became the 18th catcher in MLB history to have three straight 20-homer seasons.

Key stat: The Angels have been held to two or fewer runs 39 times.

Connections: Angels LHP Scott Kazmir and pitching coach Mike Butcher are ex-Rays; C Bobby Wilson is a Seminole High product, and SS Erick Aybar the brother of the Rays' Willy. Rays INF Sean Rodriguez was acquired from the Angels in the Kazmir trade; Maddon and bullpen coach Bobby Ramos were Angels coaches; Evan Longoria and James Shields grew up in SoCal.

Series history: Angels lead 71-42 overall, 41-16 in Anaheim.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Los Angeles Angels 08/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 23, 2010 8:27am]

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