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Angels lose to Rays 6-3 as playoff dreams start to fade

Angels lose to Rays 6-3 as playoff dreams start to fade

It is not cruel, but it is an unusual sort of punishment Mike Trout is experiencing. While he was hurt, the Angels played better than anyone expected. Now that he is healthy, they have returned to their mediocre ways. More and more, it appears their improbable playoff hopes are on the verge of collapse.

It is not Trout’s fault, of course, but when the team goes down, so will he, still absent a playoff victory as a major leaguer.

Another insufficient offensive effort on Saturday night at Angel Stadium meant another loss, 6-3 to Tampa Bay. Alex Cobb, the Rays’ patiently twisting right-hander, proved too deceptive for the Angels to decipher. Wielding his unusually slow,...

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