ANAHEIM, Calif. – The baseball season has splintered for the Los Angeles Angels into a handful of curiosities, none of them being how the Angels might gather themselves in time to win their division, which by appearances will be settled again in other towns by other teams.
The routine of AL West titles in the previous decade has given over to the accident of one in seven years, an era of drudgery that includes this one, if you'll excuse the presumptiveness. They were 18 games back when they arrived for work Tuesday afternoon, hours after they'd surrendered a seventh-inning lead and a ninth-inning tie to the Houston Astros. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers had been at Yankee Stadium, waiting out a three-hour, 35-minute rain delay in the ninth inning, waiting out a one-run deficit that dragged to something like 2:30 in the morning, at which point they put four runs on the Yankees' bullpen, which is, for the Angels, what turned 17 games out into 18 games out.
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