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Angels take a step backward in 7-3 loss to Atlanta
Angels take a step backward in 7-3 loss to Atlanta

There are long stretches of a season when a manager feels like that little Dutch boy who puts his finger in the dike. Just when you think one leak is sealed, another springs up. Despite a 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field on Sunday night, the Angels are trending upward in some areas. Mike Trout has put a 19-game funk in which he hit .164 firmly behind him. The center fielder is on a 20-game tear, batting .400 (30 for 75) with six home runs and 22 runs batted in to push his season totals to .305 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs. Albert Pujols is emerging from a month-long slump in which he hit .179, going 11 for 30 (.367) with six RBIs in seven games to improve to .258 with 16...

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