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Garrett Richards' injury means Angels need to win AL West
Garrett Richards' injury means Angels need to win AL West

There should not have been a sense of urgency surrounding this weekend's series between the Angels and Oakland Athletics. The Angels have the best record in the major leagues. The A's have the second-best record. The teams might joust over the American League West championship, but the A's have a six-game cushion in the race for a playoff spot. If the Angels win the AL West, the A's would figure to get a wild-card playoff spot, and vice versa. However, as the two teams open a three-game series in Oakland on Friday, followed by a four-game series next week in Anaheim, Garrett Richards' season-ending knee surgery has changed the focus for the Angels. The Angels...

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