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What's new: The Angels have overcome a staggering amount of injuries and April's death of pitcher Nick Adenhart to emerge as one of the AL's best. They lead the majors in hits, runs and batting with runners in scoring position and have nine regulars hitting .290 or better. Bobby Abreu has been a huge part, especially with Vladimir Guerrero (who just came off the DL) and Torii Hunter (still out) missing extensive time. Since a 29-29 start, the Angels are 36-15.
Key stat: The Rays have not won a series in Anaheim since May 1999, going 0-13-1 since.
Connections: Angels All-Star infielder Chone Figgins is a Brandon High product, infielder Erick Aybar the brother of Rays infielder Willy, pitching coach Mike Butcher an ex-Ray. … Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, coaches George Hendrick, Bobby Ramos and Todd Greene are former Angels.
Series history: Rays took two of three at the Trop; Angels lead 67-40 all-time and 37-14 in Anaheim.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer