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AL West race starting to heat up

Angels are playing much better, while Rangers have been so-so since first series

Updated: June 1, 2012, 2:03 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It was just three weeks ago that the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels -- predicted by many as one of the top baseball rivalries this season -- met for the first time in 2012.

Much has changed in those three short weeks.

The Rangers won two of three over the Angels in Arlington in mid-May, taking a five-game lead in the division over the Oakland A's. The Angels dropped to 15-20 and were eight games back of the Rangers, sitting in the American League West cellar.

Now, ...

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