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Angels Ride Interleague Success Into First Place

Three weeks ago, the Angels reached their low point of the season. They were five games under .500, and five games out in the American League West. However, thanks greatly to the Halos' stellar play against the National League, they are back in first place, tied with the Texas Rangers at 44-41.

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The Angels have won six straight series, and the last five of those came against the National League. The 13-5 run, the first 12 games of which came on a road trip that saw the Angels play in each of the four corners of the continental United States, vaulted the Angels back into contention. But it's also nothing new.

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The Angels were 13-5 in interleague play this season, tied with the Yankees for the top mark in baseball. But the Angels are always good against the National League. Since 2000, the Angels are 132-84 in interleague play, the best record in the majors during that span. The Angels host the Tigers for three games, but then their next 10 games are against AL West foes, including three in Anaheim against the Rangers on July 19-21. If the Angels can translate some of that NL success against the American League, they will be in good shape going forward.

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For more news and information on the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.