Ex-Halo Mike Napoli Homers Twice In Angels 10-3 Loss To Rangers

The Angels are 7-11 against the Rangers this season.

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Angels Vs. Rangers: Mike Napoli Homers Twice In 10-3 Texas Win

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli went deep twice against his former team, and Adrian Beltre homered for a fourth straight contest in a 10-3 Texas win over the Angels.

Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz also homered for the Rangers, who are one game ahead of Detroit for the second-best mark in the American League and home- field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers beat Cleveland Tuesday.

Since Texas doesn't hold the tiebreaker against the Tigers, the Rangers need either a win Wednesday or a Detroit loss to host a Division Series contest Friday against either Boston or Tampa Bay.

"We've been playing good baseball all year, especially down the stretch," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We know if we win tomorrow, our next game will be in Texas."

Colby Lewis (14-10) allowed three hits and a pair of runs over six innings for the AL West champions, who have won five in a row.

"Colby has a lot of pitches and he throws strikes. He kept us off balance tonight," Angels catcher Hank Conger said.

The 95 wins by the Rangers ties the most in club history. They had the same amount in 1999.

Tyler Chatwood (6-11), a replacement starter for Ervin Santana, was lifted after just 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up seven hits and four runs.

The Angels, who were eliminated from postseason contention Monday, took the early lead on Bobby Abreu's sacrifice fly in the first.

It all fell apart for Chatwood in the third. Kinsler homered to left with one out. After Elvis Andrus walked and Josh Hamilton singled, Michael Young and Beltre had back-to-back RBI base hits. Cruz's run-scoring single later in the frame made it 4-1.

Peter Bourjos tripled in Andrew Romine in the bottom of the inning, but Hamilton's sac fly in the fourth and three straight homers to start the fifth against Jerome Williams - by Beltre, Napoli and Cruz - extended the margin to 8-2.

Napoli blasted a two-run homer to left-center in the seventh off Trevor Bell before the Angels scored on a double-play grounder in the bottom portion.

Game Notes

The five homers by Texas ties a season-high...Lewis won his final three decisions of the season...This was Napoli's sixth career multi-homer game...Chatwood dropped his last five decisions. He's 0-3 lifetime against the Rangers...Texas is 39-17 vs. the AL West...Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick left the game after injuring his hand...Angels outfielder Jeremy Moore recorded his first MLB hit with a single in the seventh inning.

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Angels Pull Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver From Starting Rotation For Final Two Games

The Los Angeles Angels were eliminated from playoff contention on Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. As a result, the team will replace established starting rotation pitchers Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver in the team's final two games with younger pitchers, according to this ESPN report.

The Angels will opt to start Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards instead in the team's final two games of the season against the Rangers. Manager Mike Scioscia explains the rationale behind the move as follows: "We have to look out for these guys moving forward to be able to do this again next year." Scioscia has a right to be concerned, but he could cost one of his pitchers the chance to claim the ERA title this season.

Weaver has posted an impressive 18-8 record this season with a 2.41 ERA. That puts him near the top of the league's list, behind only Boston's Justin Verlander (2.40 ERA). A start on Wednesday and a little over one scoreless inning would allow Weaver to best Verlander and claim the league title.

Unfortunately, it appears that Weaver won't pitch in Wednesday's season finale. The Angels will instead give their young guns a chance to pitch as the team eyes the future. The organization's pitching decision contains both pros and cons, but all-in-all the Angels are proving that they do what smart franchises do: planning for the future without worrying about immediate short-term gains.

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Angels Vs. Rangers: Tyler Chatwood Starts For Halos

The Angels are 7-10 against the Rangers this season.

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