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Angels beat up on the Astros in 9-1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Standing so far out of first place presents occasional advantages.

After they lost to Houston late Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels received a bit of good news: Instead of drawing the Astros' talented Lance McCullers on Wednesday, they would face Mike Fiers, an inconsistent long reliever.

Houston's stated reason for scratching McCullers was arm fatigue he felt in a game of catch. Surely, their 14-game American League West lead on the

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