ANAHEIM -- Regarding the Angels' game in Toronto on Thursday -- a night contest 3,000 miles away from their home game Friday -- Mike Scioscia has taken a you've-got-to-win-no-matter-what approach. That doesn't mean the Angels manager would be opposed if Major League Baseball were in favor of changing September schedules to include more division games or games closer to home. "We know there needs to be schedule reform ... where you play a more balanced and equitable schedule of not having to go back East during the last 10 games of your season," he said.
Scioscia said he hopes that if the league looks into realignment and shifting of divisions that taking the schedule into account will be one of the primary concerns. Though Scioscia's players would have chosen a different schedule, they didn't seem to mind the travel. Outfielder Bobby Abreu noted it's just a part of the season that the players have gotten used to. "That's what you want," Abreu said of shorter travel as the season is winding down. "But that's the schedule. You have to go about the schedule and whatever it says." Said first baseman Mark Trumbo: "In a perfect world, that's probably not what you're looking for, but you kind of have to play the cards you're dealt." The card the Angels were dealt on Thursday turned out to be a dud when the game went 12 innings and resulted in a loss on a walk-off home run.