Nightmare finish leaves Hunter sleepless

Nightmare finish leaves Hunter sleepless

ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter couldn't help it.

After the Angels' crushing 6-5 loss to the A's on Sunday, the right fielder admitted Monday that he had a hard time getting a good night's sleep.

"I kept waking up all of Sunday night," Hunter said. "It was a tough one all around. You really can't explain it.

"I just feel bad. This late in the season, we need these games. It doesn't settle well. It doesn't settle well with any of the players in here. I'm still feeling it."

Yet, manager Mike Scioscia said no pep talk for his players was necessary before Monday's series opener against the rival Rangers, believing his team was ready to play.

"These guys are good at turning the page. Hopefully we are going to execute and get a win," Scioscia said. "As losses go, that was tough, but our guys have a lot of energy and will be ready to go."

Going into Monday's contest, the team sat three games behind the Red Sox and two games back of the Rays in American League Wild Card race with only three left to play.

"Hopefully we'll play at the level of our capabilities," Scioscia said. "With the position we are in, it is a crucial we win and get some help."