Angels are taking no team lightly

KANSAS CITY -- The Angels opened a 14-game stretch against opponents without winning records on Thursday. But manager Mike Scioscia knows his club will have to be ready for those games against the Royals, Dodgers, Astros and Cubs.

"Every game on the schedule is going to be tough," Scioscia said. "There's no such thing as a soft part of your schedule or a hard part of your schedule. We're playing much better baseball right now than we have at any time this year leading up to now.

"That's really the focus and what's important -- that we keep growing from that."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.