Summary Will Mike Trout and the Angels be popping champagne on Wednesday? *The Angels can clinch the AL West title -- their first since 2009 -- with a win over the Mariners AND an Athletics loss to the Rangers. *Accordingly, the A's will be eliminated from contention in the AL West with a loss to the Rangers AND an Angels win over the Mariners.
Summary Mike Trout almost certainly will win the American League MVP award -- and deservedly so. In the same spot they've been in so many of their past dozen Septembers: hopelessly out of contention. Instead, they're in the thick of the wild-card race.
Summary Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by Mike Trout #27, Kole Calhoun #56 and Mike Butcher #23 after scoring a run on an error by Seattle Mariners right fielder Chris Denorfia (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 17, 2014 in Anaheim, California. The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.