Monday, September 26, 2011
Angels await their fate (with lineups)
By Mark Saxon
The visiting scoreboard at Angel Stadium is in right field, meaning the players and coaches on the Angels' bench have it in their face all game long.
They could know even before their 7:05 p.m. game with the Texas Rangers begins whether they've been eliminated from postseason contention. A Boston Red Sox win at Baltimore would knock them out.
The Angels were pushed to this brink by their ninth-inning meltdown Sunday afternoon -- blowing a three-run lead to Oakland -- and by Boston's 14th-inning win in New York later that evening. They trail Boston by three games and Tampa Bay by two in the wild-card standings.
"The position we're in right now, it's obviously a crucial win with a lot of help still being needed in other areas," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Here are lineups for Monday's game vs. Texas, which hasn't slowed down after clinching the AL West Friday. The Rangers just swept Seattle and have won 12 of their last 15 games: