BOSTON -- The Angels got their off-days at the wrong time.
The schedule-makers gave them four in April and seven Thursdays without a game among their first eight. And now, with the grind of the season as intense as ever, the Angels have only two days off the rest of the way, the fewest among playoff contenders.
They're off Sept. 1 and then on Sept. 25. That's it. It makes up a stretch that will see them end with 43 games in 45 days. Ten of them will come on a vicious, four-city road trip that goes through Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland -- for a makeup game -- and Arlington from Sept. 2-11.
"We're going to have expanded rosters in a couple weeks, which will definitely help," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Our guys will be ready."
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