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Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: Los Angeles Angels

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What's new: The Angels (71-75) are having a disappointing season, by their standards. They're in third place in the AL West, 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Rangers. Their pitching has picked them up as of late, with the Angels having won four of five before falling 3-2 on Thursday. C Mike Napoli has provided some pop with 25 homers, designated hitter Hideki Matsui has 20 and perennial Gold Glove OF Torii Hunter is still in rightfield.

Key stat: The Angels enter today's game with the third-most errors in the American League (102).

Connections: Angels LHP Scott Kazmir, who pitches Sunday, and pitching coach Mike Butcher are former Rays; SS Erick Aybar is the brother of the Rays' Willy. Rays INF Sean Rodriguez was acquired from the Angels in the Kazmir trade; manager Joe Maddon and bullpen coach Bobby Ramos were Angels coaches.

Series history: The Rays lead the season series 4-2, winning both series in Anaheim. The Angels lead the overall series 72-44, including 30-26 at Tropicana Field, but the Rays are 12-9 starting in 2008 and 11-7 at the Trop.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: Los Angeles Angels 09/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 7:18am]
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