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Angels lose some ground in Oakland
Angels lose some ground in Oakland

Mike Scioscia was fully aware of both the calendar and the consequences Friday when his Angels opened a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. The lead in the American League West was hanging in the balance with five weeks left in the season. Yet he urged the team to play the games as if they were meaningless March exhibitions just the same. "We need to approach this just like you do any spring training game," he said. "Go out there and just play baseball. I think that's when we're at our best." They weren't at their best Friday, though, with the A's twice rallying from one-run deficits for a 5-3 win that narrowed the gap between the...

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