Angels move past Dipoto, into meeting with Josh Hamilton in Texas

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Although the Los Angeles Angels' season hasn't been particularly good, it has been interesting in a lot of bad ways.
Two days after general manager Jerry Dipoto walked out on the Angels, they'll visit Arlington, Texas, on Friday to face the Rangers and Josh Hamilton for the first time since Los Angeles paid him an astonishing amount to go away.
Weird tension and curious decisions have become normal for the Angels during mercurial owner Arte Moreno's tenure, but the dramas of the current season have been uncommonly disruptive, according to manager Mike Scioscia and his players.
Hamilton's prolonged departure and Dipoto's abrupt resignation have been major distractions, yet Scioscia takes comfort in the fact that the Angels are still 41-38 and just five games back in second place in the AL West.

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