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He hit a three-run homer on his first pitch of the season May 8 and hit a grand slam on the last to give him 30 homers and 100 RBIs.
"It's almost to the point we know he has it," Nick Swisher said of his late-inning hits. "This is 2009. He's having a great year."
If the Angels are going to rally from the 2-0 deficit not only are they going to have to figure out how to stop Rodriguez, who has 37 homers and 82 RBIs in 349 at-bats at Angel Stadium, but they are going to have to get back to playing the sound fundamental baseball that helped them win 97 games.
Los Angeles made five errors in two games in chilly New York, the most glaring being Maicer Izturis' error in the 13th that gave the Yankees the win. They are also batting .154, with Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero a combined 3 for 27 (.111) with one RBI.
"That's very uncharacteristic of this team. This is not our baseball. We're not playing up to our capabilities right now," Torii Hunter said. "Offensively and defensively, man, we need to come through a little more."
Manager Mike Scioscia is confident the Angels can turn it around.
"We're going back home," he said. "The momentum in this series can swing in a heartbeat."
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