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Angels clinch a playoff berth, but two injuries take the edge off
Angels clinch a playoff berth, but two injuries take the edge off

There is no rain in sight, but at least one lengthy Southern California drought has come to an end. The Angels are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, their postseason berth clinched with an 8-1 thrashing of the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. There was no dogpile around the mound, because a much bigger prize, the American League West title, awaits. The Angels reduced their magic number to win the division — and go directly to the best-of-five division series, avoiding the one-and-done, wild-card knockout game — to three. Plus, the Angels were in no mood to celebrate, not after slugger Albert Pujols was pulled because of a left-hamstring cramp in the...

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