Angels' success difficult to classify

Sure, young players produced, but a team with this kind of payroll should be in playoffs

Updated: September 27, 2011, 8:28 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- It was fitting that the Los Angeles Angels had that score spurring them on all game long, to no avail. The Boston Red Sox had lost their game in Baltimore by the time the Angels batted in the first inning, and the score sat out there on the right-field scoreboard for the next eight innings.

Once again, somebody opened a door and the Angels tripped at the threshold.

That's how this entire slow-motion pennant race went, all the way to the ninth inning Monday, when Neftali ...

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