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Angels look determined in hunt for playoff spot

Angels look determined in hunt for playoff spot

The Angels' hunt for red October started fast at the Big A on Tuesday night. And the way it ended, it's beginning to look like nothing will torpedo this run to the playoffs.

First inning. Two out. Mike Trout doubled. Albert Pujols doubled. David Murphy (a.k.a The Hero) singled. The lead was a quick 2-0, for a team that has struggled all season scoring runs, much less scoring them early.

Fourth inning. Pujols legged out a single, stole second when the Oakland pitcher, Chris Bassitt, assumed he wouldn't — a fair assumption, since Pujols is slowed by an injury and never was going to be Usain Bolt, anyway. Crazy Legs Pujols scampered to third when Murphy grounded to first...