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Angels botch the job in 9-2 loss to Yankees

Los Angeles AngelsSportsBaseballDerek JeterMike TroutNew York YankeesCollin Cowgill

KEY MOMENT: With a runner on first and none out in the first inning, Derek Jeter lofted a routine fly to the gap in right-center field. Angels center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Collin Cowgill both called for it, and neither heard the other. The two collided, the ball hit Trout's glove and fell to the ground, and Cowgill was charged with an error that opened the door for the Yankees to score five runs.

AT THE PLATE: Jeter, in his final regular-season game in Anaheim, ended a 161-at-bat homerless streak with a solo shot to left-center in the second inning. Mark Teixeira keyed the five-run first with a two-run double, and Brian Roberts had a run-scoring single. Cowgill had two chances to put significant dents in five-run deficits, but he popped out to first with the bases loaded to end the second and lined out to center with the bases loaded to end the seventh. The Angels are three for 21 with runners in scoring position over their last four games.

ON THE MOUND: Tough-luck left-hander Hector Santiago, who has received 15 runs of support in seven starts, rolled an ankle when he fielded Brett Gardner's first-inning dribbler and made an off-balance throw that sailed past first baseman Albert Pujols for an error. Santiago remained in the game but seemed to have trouble finishing his pitches and was pulled in the third. Rookie right-hander Mike Morin got into — and out of — a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the fourth by getting Teixeira to ground into a 3-2-3 double play.

PARTING GIFT: The Angels honored Jeter with a pregame video tribute, and Pujols, Trout, Howie Kendrick and Jered Weaver presented the Yankees shortstop with a stand-up paddleboard that featured the Yankees' logo and pinstripes.

QUOTEBOOK: "I don't like the word 'hype' around him because it's all deserved. He can do everything. He can beat you in any way imaginable on the field. He has a very bright future and present." —Jeter on Trout, the 22-year-old star who many people believe will replace Jeter as the face of baseball

UP NEXT: The Angels are off on Thursday. Garrett Richards (3-0, 2.84 ERA) will oppose Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan (2-1, 4.80 ERA) at Rogers Centre on Friday at 4 p.m. PDT p.m. On the air: FS West; Radio: 830.

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