Red-hot Dodgers and Angels make big jumps before big series

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Since the morning of May 7 no city has enjoyed better baseball than Los Angeles. Though the Angels and Dodgers both spent at least five days in last place in April, that all turned around in the second week of May. From that point forward the Dodgers' 24-8 record is the best in the majors and the Angels' 21-11 mark is the best in the American League. The Dodgers have jumped from last to first; the Angels climbed from six games under .500 and third place to within a half-game of the AL West lead.

Though the Rays and Yankees remain the dominant teams in the AL, the Dodgers now have the best record in the National League and a Freeway World Series isn't looking so completely farfetched -- maybe Sports Illustrated was simply three years premature.

This weekend the SoCal rivals resume their twice-annual interleague series at Chavez Ravine, battling not just for local bragging rights but also for the title of Baseball's Hottest Team.

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