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Angels feeling at home on the road

May 13, 2011 |  1:46 pm

Ll2mvlnc Be it ever so humble, there's no place like the road for the Angels.

The American League West leaders begin a seven-game three-city tour of the division Friday in Texas and they'll do so with a 12-7 road record, second-best in the majors. But then, that's not so unusual since half the 30 big-league teams have won more often on the road than at home.

Not so common is the Angels' road batting average -- .300, as opposed to .238 at Angel Stadium. And they're scoring nearly twice as often and have nearly four times as many homers on the road as well.

But wait, there's more. Friday's starter, Jered Weaver, has the American League's best road ERA, at 1.80

The Rangers promise to show up anyway -- as well they should because the Angels have the worst record in baseball history on Friday the 13th (13-28). And they were seven games under .500 (37-44) on the road last season.

Friday's game marks the start of a string that has the Angels scheduled to play 20 games in 20 days in six cities and five states.


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Photo: Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher (23) talks with reliever Jordan Walden (51) in the ninth inning as shortstop Erick Aybar (far left), catcher Hank Conger (16) and second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) look on against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire