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Angels get second straight travel-heavy schedule

Angels get second straight travel-heavy schedule


TORONTO -- The Angels traveled more miles than any team in the Majors except the Mariners in 2013, and they will continue to rack up mileage in 2014.

Next year's schedule was released Tuesday. In it, the Angels once again will not have any trips pairing Arlington and Houston, meaning they will have to make six separate trips to Texas -- including at the start of September, when the Angels start in Houston, travel to Minnesota and then come back down to Arlington.

Also to the Angels' chagrin is that four of their off-days will come as travel days on the road, on April 24, June 2, Sept. 8 and Sept. 25. Then there is the Aug. 3-4 swing, which will see the Angels play in Tampa Bay and in Los Angeles on back-to-back days; or Aug. 21-22, when they will go from Fenway Park to the O.co Coliseum without a break in between.

The Angels are slated to travel 51,825 miles in 2013. Next year -- before any potential make-up games -- it is 46,667, behind only the Mariners and the A's.

"West Coast travel is brutal," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "and it seems the 2014 schedule is every bit as taxing on a team on the West Coast as it ever has been -- maybe even worse."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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