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Tide turns in Angels' favor in return to playoffs

You need talent, sure. But you don't handily win a division, and set yourself up to finish with baseball's best record, without savvy deals, unlikely contributors and uncanny perseverance.

The Angels got plenty of that in 2014, which ultimately ended a four-year playoff drought and brought them their sixth American League West title in 11 seasons. The Angels' season was supposed to end on Aug. 20.

That's the night Garrett Richards, the 26-year-old flamethrower who was making a case for the AL's Cy Young Award, tore the patellar tendon in his left knee and was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.

The Angels didn't have enough rotation depth to overcome the loss, many thought, and it would only be a matter of time before the A's ran away with the division. Then the Angels responded in a way even they couldn't have predicted. Read More...





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