Angels cautiously optimistic

One exciting game shouldn't turn Los Angeles into buyer in this trading season

Updated: July 21, 2011, 3:04 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Wednesday night produced the Los Angeles Angels' most stirring win of the year. A big crowd at Angel Stadium was on its feet and roaring in the final innings, the Angels doing something they never do -- exploding for a half-dozen runs in an inning -- to cool off the streaking Texas Rangers 9-8 and keep their teetering playoff hopes on the beam.

If it looks like a pennant race and it sounds like a pennant race, is it a pennant race?

After Wednesday's game, which ...

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