The Angels (80-67), stole the last game against the Athletics (84-62) before taking two of three from the Kansas City Royals in Kauffman this past weekend. The A's also did the Angels an unintentional favor by defeating the Orioles (82-64) on both Friday and Saturday, as Baltimore is the leader for the second wild card spot.
The Tampa Bay Rays (78-68) and Detroit Tigers (77-68) are the only other realistic contenders who are on the outside looking in in the postseason race. And the Angels will get a chance to assist the Tigers in their tight AL Central race when the Chicago White Sox (79-66) roll into town this weekend for a three-game set.
Before that can happen though, Los Angeles will have to survive three games against the AL West leading Texas Rangers (87-59), a team they haven't played since Aug. 2.
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