It appeared that the AL pennant races would provide very little drama, but the Angels have worked hard to change that. Riding an injection of speed and defense from young outfielders Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout, the Angels won 15 of 22 games through Sunday to chop the Rangers' lead in the AL West, which stood at seven games on Aug. 17, to 2½ games. Trout, a rookie who was called up from the minors for the second time this season on Aug. 19, seems to be the key; the Angels are 20--5 when he starts, including 11--2 since his recall. The 20-year-old had a .283/.356/.566 batting line in 59 plate appearances while playing exceptional defense since coming back. Mike Scioscia should stop platooning him with Bobby Abreu and get Trout's bat and legs into the lineup every day down the stretch.