Angels await their fate (with lineups)

The visiting scoreboard at Angel Stadium is in right field, meaning the players and coaches on the Angels' bench have it in their face all game long.

They could know even before their 7:05 p.m. game with the Texas Rangers begins whether they've been eliminated from postseason contention. A Boston Red Sox win at Baltimore would knock them out.

The Angels were pushed to this brink by their ninth-inning meltdown Sunday afternoon -- blowing a three-run lead to Oakland -- and by Boston's 14th-inning win in New York later that evening. They trail Boston by three games and Tampa Bay by two in the wild-card standings.

"The position we're in right now, it's obviously a crucial win with a lot of help still being needed in other areas," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Here are lineups for Monday's game vs. Texas, which hasn't slowed down after clinching the AL West Friday. The Rangers just swept Seattle and have won 12 of their last 15 games:


1. Ian Kinsler DH

2. Elvis Andrus SS

3. Josh Hamilton CF

4. Michael Young 2B

5. Adrian Beltre 3B

6. Mike Napoli 1B

7. Nelson Cruz RF

8. David Murphy LF

9. Yorvit Torrealba C


1. Maicer Izturis 2B

2. Peter Bourjos CF

3. Howie Kendrick 1B

4. Torii Hunter DH

5. Vernon Wells LF

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Mike Trout RF

8. Erick Aybar SS

9. Jeff Mathis C