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Jon Daniels

Trout's grand day prevents Rangers from sweeping Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. Mike Trout, rubber wrist and all, kept the Texas Rangers from the weekend sweep of the Los Angeles Angels that they coveted and needed. The Rangers cut a game from their deficit in the American League West by winning the first two games and now trail the Angels by 7 1/2 games and four out of the second wild-card spot. Within the three games, the Rangers did things that contenders do. They got quality starting pitching to win the opener, and then rallied late Saturday, using heady base running, timely hitting and good bullpen work. They also did things that non-contenders do, like the silly defensive mistakes and shaky relief work that was evident Sunday in a 13-7 loss at...