Trailing in AL West, Angels look inward

Trailing in AL West, Angels look inward

ANAHEIM -- Nine games down in the American League West with 58 left to play, the Angels clearly needed to make a quick and dramatic move with the first-place Rangers in town for three weekend games.

Just don't try telling manager Mike Scioscia this is a pivotal series or that a sweep of the Rangers is essential.

"It's obvious a lot of stuff is magnified when the team comes in that you're trying to chase," Scioscia said before right-handers Ervin Santana and Tommy Hunter hooked up in the series opener, Hunter bringing an 8-0 record into the game for Texas.

"We have to look in-house. It doesn't matter if it's the Bad News Bears or '27 Yankees you're playing. It's obvious the last couple weeks there have been some areas that are very important to us that we haven't tightened up.

"I worry about us not playing to our potential -- not another club. We haven't seen a team yet we can't play with. I care about what's happening with the Angels. When we play to our potential, there's not a team we can't play with -- and win [against]. It's obvious we have not been playing well. We're going to regroup and get this thing going."

The offense has stalled for the 52-52 Angels, three-time reigning AL West champions. They have hit .211 as a team and scored 2.9 runs per game while losing six of the past seven to the Rangers and Red Sox.