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Nick Tropeano helps deliver a 4-1 victory for the Angels over the Athletics

Nick Tropeano helps deliver a 4-1 victory for the Angels over the Athletics

The starting pitchers had combined to throw 155 pitches in a scoreless tie into the sixth inning Monday. Much of the typically fierce Oakland Coliseum crowd had been lulled to sleep, the same state the Angels' offense occupied for the season's first week.

And then, at once, the game between the Angels and Oakland Athletics came alive. Yunel Escobar laced a one-out double off the right-field wall. On Sonny Gray's next offering, Daniel Nava singled to center, driving in Escobar. Mike Trout slammed Gray's proceeding pitch to straightaway center field, at least 420 feet, well beyond the fence in this football stadium-turned-ballpark.

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