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Angels welcome challenge as Oakland Athletics add Jon Lester
Angels welcome challenge as Oakland Athletics add Jon Lester

The first stunner came when Oakland, the team the Angels are chasing in the American League West, acquired Boston ace Jon Lester for left fielder and cleanup batter Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Athletics a formidable rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir. The next shocker came in the final hour before Thursday's 1 p.m. PDT non-waiver trade deadline, when pitching-rich Detroit acquired Tampa Bay ace David Price, boosting a rotation that, with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, now boasts the last three AL Cy Young Award winners. All of which prompted an odd reaction in the Angels clubhouse, where the hill to climb to win the AL West and AL Championship...

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