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Angels don't make the grade over A's in 9-5 loss
Angels don't make the grade over A's in 9-5 loss

The Angels and the American League West-leading Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series in the Oakland Coliseum on Friday night with 1 1/2 games separating the clubs. A big series? Perhaps. The A's are the two-time defending division champions, a balanced and battle-tested team the Angels must overcome to claim their first AL West title since 2009. A huge series? Angels catcher Hank Conger and right fielder Kole Calhoun both used that word in interviews Thursday, so it is to some. But a "crucial AL West showdown," as one website headline blared Friday? That might be a reach. "It's May, man," said Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, a nine-year veteran who has the perspective...

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