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A's seem to have closed gap on Angels

Originally Published: January 19, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The race in the American League West in 2008 essentially ended on July 8, the day the A's, only five games out of first place, traded pitcher Rich Harden to the Cubs. The race officially ended three weeks later when the Angels traded for Mark Teixeira. Eventually, the Angels won the division by 21 games, the largest margin of any division race since 1999.

It will be a lot closer in 2009. The Angels, who won 100 games last year, are still the favorite, but they lost Teixeira and closer ...

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