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Angels gain in playoff race with sweep of Twins in doubleheader

Angels gain in playoff race with sweep of Twins in doubleheader

A gruesome season-ending left-knee injury to ace Garrett Richards could have devastated the Angels in August 2014, and they barely flinched, pulling away to win the American League West with a major league-best 98-64 record.

This year's test may have come Saturday, when the Angels arrived at Target Field for a crucial day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins and found their setup man, Joe Smith, on crutches after the right-hander sprained his left ankle when he tripped on the steps walking out of the team hotel.

The early grades were good. The Angels caught two huge breaks to scratch out a 4-3, 12-inning victory in the first game, with unheralded relievers Fernando...

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