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AL: Glaus powers Angels into first

©Associated Press
September 16, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels are in the driver's seat in the West. Troy Glaus put them there with three majestic home runs.

The Angels took sole possession of first place for the first time this season and set a club record with their 94th win, beating the Texas Rangers 13-4 Sunday night.

"That's what you play for," centerfielder Darin Erstad said. "It's a very special thing we've got going here. And we're not done yet. We've done a real good job focusing on each individual day, and that's what we're going to continue to do."

The Angels' 16th victory in 17 games gave them a one-game lead over the Athletics heading into today's opener of a four-game series at Oakland.

"We need wins, no matter where it is or who it's against. That's our only focus. That's all we're here to do," Glaus said. "If we play well, we'll give ourselves the best chance we possibly can. Oakland's one of the best teams going, so we look forward to the opportunity."

Anaheim's magic number for clinching a playoff spot is six. It would be its first postseason berth in 16 years.

"I think Oakland's got the best team in the American League," Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez said. "But Anaheim, as hot as they are right not, they can beat anyone. They need to ride that wave right into the postseason and not cool off before then."

The last time the Angels led their division alone in September was Sept. 15, 1998, when they were 81-69 with a one-game edge over Texas. They lost eight of their final 12 and finished three games behind the Rangers.

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MARINERS 6, A'S 3: If nothing else, Seattle would like to spoil the fun for some team that is headed to the playoffs.

Though the Mariners still have slim postseason hopes after beating host Oakland, nobody in their clubhouse is counting on it, especially with the way Anaheim and the Athletics are playing.

"Let's just go home and ... see what happens," Bret Boone said. "Just because we're losing right now doesn't mean we're rolling over and giving up."

Boone and Edgar Martinez each drove in two as the Mariners ended a six-game losing streak and snapped a 21-inning scoreless drought.

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YANKEES 8, WHITE SOX 4 (6): Alfonso Soriano, Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams homered and host New York cut its magic number for clinching the East to five in a game called in the sixth after three rain delays.

After being outscored 21-3 in losing the first two games of the series, the Yankees' spirits seemed brighter despite the damp conditions and a bad start. Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer in his first major-league at-bat to give Chicago a 3-0 lead.

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ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 3: Tony Batista set a Baltimore record for homers by a third baseman, and Luis Lopez added a two-run shot for the visiting Orioles. Batista's two-run homer in the third was his 29th as a third baseman this season, eclipsing Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson's record of 28 set in 1964.

ROYALS 9, TIGERS 3: Joe Randa and Dee Brown each had three hits and Runelvys Hernandez came within two outs of his first complete game for visiting Kansas City.

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