The Texas Rangers still need one victory to return to the postseason.
The Rangers will try to secure a playoff spot and move closer to another AL West crown, but Trout is looking to continue feasting on their pitchers and improve the visiting Angels' playoff chances Saturday.
Texas (92-65) has won back-to-back AL pennants and the club is hoping to get a chance at a third. The Rangers, though, have dropped three of four after falling 7-4 to Los Angeles (87-70) to open this three-game set Friday.
They lead second-place Oakland by three games with five left. The A's are hosting Seattle at the same time Texas continues this series, and they'll meet for the final three-game set of the regular season starting Monday in Oakland.
"If you win games, everything will take care of itself," manager Ron Washington said.
While a victory will assure the Rangers of a playoff spot, the Angels would like to delay that celebration as they try to cut into the two-game gap behind the A's for the league's final wild-card spot.
Trout, who led off Friday's game with a homer and later tripled, could play a big part in that.
His 125 runs are a franchise record and lead the majors - as do his 47 stolen bases - while his .321 average, 29 homers and 79 RBIs practically assure him of being named AL Rookie of the Year. He's also building his case for the league's MVP award, and that may continue against the Rangers.
Trout is hitting .348 with six homers, 19 RBIs, 23 runs and 16 walks in 24 career games in this series. He's also 5 for 12 with two homers against Derek Holland , Texas' scheduled starter.
He's not fazed being a part of the postseason chase for the first time.
"You've got to be relaxed," Trout said. "There's always going to be pressure when you play."
Holland (11-6, 4.50 ERA) got the better of Trout and the Angels on Sept. 19, yielding two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 road win.
The left-hander, however, followed that up five days later with one of his shortest outings of the season. He was pulled following the third inning after giving up three runs and two homers in a 5-4 win over Oakland.
Holland is 4-0 with a 3.24 ERA in his last nine starts, and hasn't been charged with a defeat since surrendering six runs and three homers in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-2 home loss to the Angels on July 31.
Los Angeles counters with Ervin Santana (9-12, 4.93), who is 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his last 10 starts. The right-hander has been even better in his past four, compiling a 2.03 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 26 2-3 innings while winning two of three decisions.
"He's stepped it up in the last three or four starts," right fielder Torii Hunter said. "He's showing people he's still got it."
Santana was especially terrific in his latest outing, allowing one run and two hits while fanning a season-high 11 over seven innings Sept. 21 in a 6-2 win over Chicago.
He's received a lot of help while winning his last two games in Arlington, compiling a 5.25 ERA but being backed by 20 total runs. Santana allowed three runs in five innings of a 15-8 victory there July 30.
Santana has held Texas' Adrian Beltre to a .226 average, but five of the third baseman's 12 hits have left the park.
Beltre enters this meeting batting .361 with 11 homers and 19 RBIs in his last 25 games, and he's 10 for 21 while homering twice and plating five runs in the past five.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|September 28, 2012||Kendrys Morales||Day-to-Day||Left game - rib soreness|
|August 30, 2012||Howie Kendrick||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right knee|
|August 22, 2012||Albert Pujols||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf tightness|
|August 19, 2012||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Sore right wrist|
|August 19, 2012||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Sore right wrist|
|August 13, 2012||C.J. Wilson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left hand|
|September 28, 2012||Mike Adams||Day-to-Day||Mild cervical strain|
|September 25, 2012||Yu Darvish||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|September 23, 2012||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Sinus problems|
|September 18, 2012||Tanner Scheppers||Day-to-Day||Left game - Bruised right knee|
|September 13, 2012||Mike Olt||Day-to-Day||Plantar fasciitis, right foot|
|September 13, 2012||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- After waiting all day without getting to play, the Los Angeles Angels found themselves in a worst-case scenario.
The Angels lost ground in the chase for the American League's second wild card even while their game at the AL West-leading Texas Rangers was rained out Saturday.
And with the postponed game rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday, the Angels pitching staff could be pushed to the limit. And they could still face an extra game later this week just to get into the postseason.
"You know what, we're hanging around," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I feel we're lying in the weeds, and if we keep winning, I think we're going to have an opportunity to get there."
During the nearly four-hour delay before the game was finally postponed, Scioscia and his staff, and surely some of the players, kept an eye on Oakland's home game against Seattle.
Oakland beat the Mariners 7-4 in 10 innings, hitting a tying two-run homer in the ninth before another long ball in the 10th. The A's moved within 2 1/2 games of the division lead, and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Angels (87-70) for the second wild card spot.
"Obviously every time they win, it puts them closer to where they want to be, and the help we're looking for hopefully will come at some point," Scioscia said. "We've got five games. From some perspective it seems like it's a blink of an eye. Another perspective, it seems like it's a lifetime. ... We have to put up wins, that's what we need to do. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity get our toe in the door."
The magic number for the Rangers (92-65) to win their third consecutive division title remained at three. They assure themselves a playoff spot by winning one of the two games Sunday, before three games at Oakland to end the regular season.
Officials waited as long as possible trying to play Saturday, but steady rain persisted throughout the day. The game was called about 7 p.m. local time, when it was raining as hard as it had all day and the forecast was for rain to continue until after midnight.
The split doubleheader will be the first ever at Rangers Ballpark.
"I don't like them," manager Ron Washington said. "You've got to play it so you go play it. That's it."
They are the last home games of the regular season for Texas. Both are sold out.
Yu Darvish (16-9), set to start Sunday after missing his last game with neck stiffness, will start the opener for Texas. Saturday's scheduled starter Derek Holland (11-6) will get the second game.
"I want to get (Darvish) out there as soon as we can," Washington said.
The Angels will go with Zack Greinke (6-2), the scheduled starter Sunday, in the first game. Ervin Santana (9-12), who was supposed to pitch Saturday, will get the second game.
Washington said he was watching the weather, and not the A's-Mariners game, during the delay. But he was aware of Oakland's victory.
Texas is assured a playoff spot by winning one of the two games Sunday. The first game is schedule at 12:05 p.m. CT, with still a chance of more rain, and the second game is scheduled to start six hours later.
If the Angels wind up in a tie for the second wild card, they would be forced into a tiebreaker game Thursday just for the right to play the following day in the one-game wild card to determine who would advance to the AL division series.
There were overcast skies and some drizzle during Friday night's game, but no issues or delays as Jered Weaver won his 20th game.
Weaver's next scheduled start is the Angels' regular-season finale Wednesday at Seattle. Greinke or Santana would be options to pitch on short rest Thursday, if necessary.
The Angels have won 10 of their last 14 games, and their 17-8 record is the AL's best in September. They have won 12 of their last 16 road games to stay in the playoff chase.
Texas has lost three of its last four games.