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Angels Add Artificial Sweetener To Bitter End

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Final Score From Cowboys Stadium:

Angels 6, Cowboys 2

Let the record show that on October 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did play their 162nd and final game of the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season. It ended with 80 wins and 82 losses, a clear disappointment after a 97-win campaign in 2009.

We will take the next few weeks to marvel once again at how bad the postseason coverage is on Fox and TBS (at least there's no Chip Caray this year), and then we'll start arguing about what went wrong for the Angels, what they need to do to fix it, and what we should expect in the future.

Both teams played tune up this afternoon. Dan Haren and Colby Lewis were pulled well short of 100 pitches, with the Angels scoring three times on three hits courtesy of home runs from Hideki Matsui and Peter Bourjos. Haren allowed just two runs on a spasm of singles in the fifth, and the Angels' bullpen held down the Rangers' C lineup for the final three innings. The Rangers' pen, however, combusted for three earned runs in the ninth, two of them coming on Mark Trumbo's first major-league hit. I wonder if Mark Lowe will be invited over to Rich Harden's place to watch TBS on his big screen next week. Scott Feldman should be there too.

The Detroit Tigers narrowly avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of lowly Baltimore, which would have been their seventh in a row, and guaranteed the Angels a protected draft pick. Given the monumental rebuilding task ahead, it would be impossible to overstate the importance of that. The Angels would not even be able to sign a quality middle reliever otherwise. Anyways, it's time to stop writing and get back to the Padres and Giants, the last meaningful game in the 2010 regular season. It's been fun. Sub out.

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