Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.
If the AL West race turns out to be as close as these three games, the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels will be battling down to the wire come September.
Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night.
Yoenis Cespedes slid past the bag and was tagged out, a gaffe that was magnified when Oakland put two men on base later in the same inning of a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday.
If the A’s are going to make the playoffs again, it will be on the strength of their pitching. A.J. Griffin will be a big part of that.
Zack Greinke pitched seven sharp innings to win his third consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week — both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame a shaky outing by rookie Dan Straily to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-8 Wednesday.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning for his first career game-ending shot, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday for a three-game sweep.
Tommy Milone pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI in his return to the Oakland lineup and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games.
Brandon McCarthy showed no signs of an ailing shoulder in seven impressive innings, winning his third straight start and sixth consecutive decision to lead the Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Tyson Ross threw three strong innings and Josh Reddick drove in two runs for the Oakland Athletics in a 3-all tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Scott Sizemore singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday for a split of the first scheduled doubleheader in the major leagues in eight years.
Brett Anderson tossed three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings and Adam LaRoche drove in three runs to help the last-place Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Thursday.
Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back homers, Ervin Santana allowed one run in six solid innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Wednesday night for their fourth win in six games.