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Angels play it loose but need Albert Pujols' HR in 19th to beat Boston
Angels play it loose but need Albert Pujols' HR in 19th to beat Boston

The Angels were pressing at the plate, their team-wide funk extending to a third full week, so Mike Scioscia decided to ease his foot off the gas pedal Saturday. The manager canceled batting practice, a rarity before a night game, and instructed players to suit up, get loose and get ready to play. "We'll go American Legion for a day," Scioscia said, referring to those summer days of youth, when players drove to the park in their uniforms, took a few warm-up tosses and played. "You want to give these guys a chance to exhale. Sometimes by getting them out of their routine, it gets guys on a better path." The less-is-more approach worked early, the Angels scoring...

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