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Rays at Angels
What's new: The Angels continue to be one of the majors' most mystifying teams, fizzling in August (5-9 through Wednesday) after showing spark in July. That's despite a rotation full of All-Stars and several dynamic offensive players. The pitching — specifically the bullpen — has been the problem.
Key stat: Mike Trout is threatening to be the first player in history to hit .340 with 20 home runs and 40 steals.
Connections: Rays C Jose Molina and RHPs Fernando Rodney and Joel Peralta are former Angels, as are manager Joe Maddon and 1B coach George Hendrick. … Angels RHP Jason Isringhausen and pitching coach Mike Butcher are former Rays. C Bobby Wilson is a Seminole High and St. Petersburg College product.
Series history: Rays lead 5-1 this season; Angels lead 79-54 overall, 43-23 in Anaheim.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer