Los Angeles Angels defeat New York Yankees, 5-2

ANAHEIM - The Yankees were just one victory or a Texas loss away from clinching a playoff spot when they took the field against the Angels Monday night.

They did so not with the kind of joyous anticipation that you would expect from a team that had missed the playoffs last year.

Any postgame victory celebration would be conducted not with champagne, but with "water or Gatorade," Joe Girardi cracked in the visitors' dugout before the game. (As it turned out, no celebrati...

ANAHEIM - Just about the only thing that was kind to the Yankees Monday night at Angel Stadium was the out-of-town scoreboard.

The Angels handed the Yankees a 5-2 loss, beating the Bombers for the fourth time in four meetings this season at the Big A to cut the lead in the race for home-field advantage in the American League to 4-1/2 games.

Before the game, Joe Girardi talked about the challenge of playing the AL West leaders on their turf, a place that has been kryp...