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C.J. Wilson (baseball)

Angels face devil of a time without Mike Trout in lineup

Angels face devil of a time without Mike Trout in lineup

The Angels thrived in the wake of a season-ending knee injury to Garrett Richards in 2014, going 21-7 over the next month without their ace and turning a half-game lead in the American League West on Aug. 20 into a division-clinching 111/2- game bulge by Sept. 18.

So it was natural to use that as a rallying cry this week when star center fielder Mike Trout, considered the best all-around player in baseball, suffered a torn left-thumb ligament that was surgically repaired on Wednesday and will sideline him for six to eight weeks.

“When Garrett went down in 2014, that was a big blow to our pitching staff, but everyone pulled together, and we finished up pretty strong,” right...

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