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Tight game turns into blowout loss for Angels

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Angels’ comeback comes up short in loss to Indians

CLEVELAND >> The Angels’ roller coaster night looked like an ugly loss from the start, and it was certainly ugly in the way it finally ended. In between, plenty of good things were wasted. The Angels dropped an 11-7 gam...

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