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Getting Jon Lester makes A's an even more formidable foe for Angels
Getting Jon Lester makes A's an even more formidable foe for Angels

The hill the Angels must climb to win the American League West championship grew considerably steeper Thursday when the division-leading Oakland Athletics acquired Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes for left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. On the plus side for the Angels, they may actually be able to score a runner from second base on a hit to left field against the Athletics now. Cespedes threw out two runners at the plate in the second inning of an 11-3 win over the Angels in Oakland on May 31, and in a June 10 game in Anaheim he air-mailed a 300-foot throw from the corner — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia called it a “guided missile” — to nail Howie...

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