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Angels can't shake latest funk

Blown ninth-inning lead to A's is more proof L.A.'s playoff hopes are nearly gone

Updated: September 25, 2011, 9:10 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- Before Sunday's game, I asked Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia whether he empathized with Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, whose team is teetering on the biggest September collapse in baseball history.

"I don't know if it's your worst nightmare," Scioscia said. "Things are going to happen when you're not playing at a level you should. When it happens at the end, it's magnified."

Given what happened a few hours later, it kind of sounds as though Scioscia was ...

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