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    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kole Calhoun got the Los Angeles Angels started with a leadoff homer, and No. [b]Cheap Jerseys[/b] . 9 batter Collin Cowgill had a big eighth inning. Manager Mike Scioscias team is rolling down the stretch, scoring plenty of runs and piling up wins. Cowgill reached on an infield single to start a seven-run eighth, scored on Mike Trouts triple and capped the outburst with a bases-loaded triple as the Angels stretched their winning streak to six with a 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. "Obviously, its a potent offence when everybodys contributing," Cowgill said. "It seems like everyone is hot right now." The Angels, with the best record in the majors at 89-55, have scored 55 runs during a winning streak that matches their longest of the season. The AL West leaders have won 12 of 14 overall. "Weve started to get into our game offensively," Scioscia said. "We got started a little bit late tonight. We had better at-bats as the game went on." Calhouns third leadoff homer this season, and 15th long ball overall, came on an 0-2 pitch from Colby Lewis (9-13). The right-hander was lifted after Cowgill reached to start the eighth when he took a full swing for a slow chopper. Third baseman Adrian Beltre cleanly fielded the ball, but there was no time to make a throw. "An inch either way, its either a swing-and-miss, or its hit hard enough to where (Beltre) gets him out," Lewis said. After Trout was thrown out trying to score on Albert Pujols hard grounder to Beltre, six batters in a row reached base against two relievers. Robbie Ross was greeted by Erick Aybars two-run double and then issued a bases-loaded walk before Cowgill tripled down the right-field line for a 9-1 lead. Hector Santiago (5-7) allowed only a solo homer in five innings. Beltre had three hits and scored twice for Texas, which has the worst record in the majors and is 35 games behind the Angels. The last time the Rangers (54-90) were that far back in a division race was their 43-game deficit behind Seattle at the end of the 2001 season. Beltre hit his 18th homer to straightaway centre in the fourth, then singled in the eighth before scoring on Ryan Ruas two-run double. Los Angeles led for good soon after David Freese reached on an error by right fielder Michael Choice to start the fourth. Brennan Boeschs sacrifice fly made it 2-1. OVER -- AND NOT OUT After Cowgills single to start the eighth, he stole second base -- a play that was challenged by Texas interim manager Tim Bogar. Cowgill slid headfirst and his body appeared to pop up over the base as he did, while shortstop Luis Sardinas kept a tag applied the entire time. After a review of 2 minutes, 24 seconds, the play stood because replays apparently never showed definitively that Cowgill lost contact with the bag. "I dont know if I stayed on it, but felt like I did," Cowgill said. "They made the right call." SHORT AND SWEET Santiago was done after 79 pitches. "It was a matchup situation," Scioscia said. In 17 games (14 starts) since returning from Triple-A Salt Lake, Santiago is 5-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 79 2-3 innings. He has won five decisions in a row since July 10. TRAINERS ROOM Angels: OF Josh Hamilton missed his fifth game in a row because of a sore right shoulder that is starting to concern Scioscia. "Guys play banged-up when youre in a pennant race, so for Josh to not play, you know hes hurting," Scioscia said. Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos (neck stiffness) took batting practice and could be close to playing again after missing his eighth game in a row. ... OF Engel Beltre, out all season with a broken bone in his right leg, is scheduled for surgery Wednesday on a stress fracture in his left leg. UP NEXT Rookie RHP Matt Shoemaker (14-4) goes for his 15th win and the Angels try to become the first 90-win team in the majors in the middle game of the three-game set. RHP Nick Tepesch (4-9) starts for the Rangers. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer six times in his last seven games. [b]China Jerseys Wholesale[/b] .com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 31 points to help the New York Knicks continue their improved play of late with a 100-92 victory over a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder squad. [b]China Jerseys 2022[/b] .com) - Hassan Whiteside scored 20 points with nine rebounds in the Miami Heats 83-75 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.[Credit: National Post] But here, two decades later, we have labour peace and the sport is perhaps at the peak of its international visibility and popularity. So how should Bettman and his owners spend the summer? Perhaps they should learn from the successes of this postseason, and tweak the game accordingly. The NHL playoffs were fast skating, hard hitting hockey highlighted by skill and spectacular goaltending. And there was but one fight, and not even the most ardent supporter of fighting in hockey could argue fisticuffs were missed. I understand the regular season is a long slog through winter, but do we want a sport where unnecessary violence breaks up the monotony? Especially when weve been witness to the majesty of the sport in its absence? Im not saying take fighting out of the game, but Colton Orr and George Parros are unnecessary elements of the sport.[Credit: ESPN] The hockey entity most in need of this summer break is the expansive community of punditry, from the media (both mainstream and not, though the line between the two becomes more and more blurred with each passing season) to the social media inclined fan. On Monday I witnessed an obsessive and rhetorically flawed argument on Twitter over the rumoured re-signing of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise. Was he signed? Should he be signed? Was the term good for the cap? Who did and did not celebrate his acquisition from the Canucks for Raphael Diaz. French media versus English media versus fan versus blogger, all desperately lacking humility in their arguments. When the Habs officially announced a deal on a two-year contract extension with Weise Tuesday morning (for the exact term and dollar amount reported and endlessly disseminated Monday) the futile aand superfluous argument began anew. [b]China Jerseys[/b]. I mean, over a fourth line winger? Paul DiPietro never received this kind of attention. Neither did Weises concussion, but thats a story the media will ignore another day.[Credit: NY Times] While social media and universal web access has taken the discourse to an inclusive realm, it has created an obsessive and pathologically invested fanbase and a media that stretches itself thin to fulfill the 24-hour new cycle. Take a breath folks. Go outside. Do something extraordinary. Expand your horizons. Go love up on a Bruins fan. Take a day at the beach. Spend a week without checking hockeydb.com or capgeek.com. Leave the sport alone for a few minutes. Itll still be there when you get back.The seasons not quite over yet. This week the NHLs 30 teams will consider buyouts to prepare their caps for next season. On June 22nd the 2014-15 schedule will be released so that we can all plan our November Saturdays accordingly. On the 24th, the NHL Awards ceremony takes place, where scarred players freshly relieved of their playoff beards wonder quietly who George Stroumboulopoulos is. The draft takes place on the weekend of the 27th in Philadelphia, which will ignite the hotstove and fuel dreams of parades and revelry. July 1st, Canada Day, a day we should all be out drinking Labatt 50 in the sun and launching bottle rockets recklessly into the night, finds much of the hockey world inside watching TV and waiting to see which albatross of a contract will be bought out in the summer of 2018. And then nothing until September, beautiful autumn, summer fading into the promise a new season, when all teams in first place, except the Oilers, who will be tied with the Flames for 30th. ' ' '