The Texas afternoon scorched along as the Angels played another elongated game at Globe Life Park. Justin Upton engaged in a futile competition against the heat, chugging as much water as he could until his hip twinged twice while he nestled into his stance in Sunday’s ninth inning.
“I was sweating more than I was drinking,” he said. “I lost today.”
So did the Angels, despite the efforts of their new left fielder, who reached base five times Sunday. That includes the ninth, after he shooed away trainer Adam Nevala and manager Mike Scioscia. Upton exited the game once he touched first base on a walk.
That brought up Albert Pujols as the tying run. The bases were loaded...