With an in-game trade, Josh Hamilton clearing the bases in road grays and the home team winning an extra-innings slugfest, Tuesday night's second game of the series between the Angels and Rangers is a tough act to follow.
Then again, both teams could still make things happen Wednesday even before the series finale between AL West foes, so there's plenty of potential for drama still at Rangers Ballpark.
Wednesday's game features a matchup of veteran right-hander Jerome Williams for the Angels against 22-year-old lefty Martin Perez for the Rangers, and finally all the focus will be on the game itself when it begins.
With Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline looming and both teams active, the series saw the Angels make an intradivision deal with the A's while the ball was in play Tuesday night. The Angels dealt veteran Alberto Callaspo to Oakland for rookie Grant Green in an exchange of infielders that saw Callaspo pulled from the game in Texas when the deal was imminent.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has seen Trade Deadlines come and go throughout his career, and he said before Tuesday's game he takes a simple approach to it.
"Going through it as a player and going through it as a manager, you just have to absorb it," Scioscia said. "There's not a lot you can tell players other than keep playing and you can control what you can control and that's about it. There's always going to be names circulating."
All Deadline news aside, there's always Hamilton to keep tabs on in Texas, where he made his home the previous five years. It was about the time news of the Callaspo-Green trade started circulating that Hamilton delivered a three-run double Tuesday in one of his biggest hits for his new team, the Angels. He went 2-for-5 with four RBIs on Tuesday and is 13-for-34 (.382) vs. the Rangers this season.
Facing Hamilton and the Angels will be Perez, who is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed a career-high seven runs in three innings in his last time out against the Indians.
Perez continues to battle his emotions on the mound, and he knows he has to avoid getting overly pumped and overthrowing in order to be a successful Major League pitcher.
"Just don't go too fast with my mind," Perez said. "New game, new day. I have to just trust my stuff."
Said Rangers manager Ron Washington, "When he learns to control his emotions, he'll be a bad boy."
Angels: Trout liking No. 3 spot
With Albert Pujols likely out for the season, the Angels have made the shift to Mike Trout in the No. 3 hole in the lineup. He's looking plenty comfortable there, to no one's shock. After a phone conversation with Pujols, he's that much more comfortable.
"He basically told me to be yourself -- just because I'm in the three-hole, don't think I need to do everything," Trout said.
Trout went 4-for-4 with three runs scored Tuesday night in Arlington, his fourth straight start there. He'd gone 3-for-9 in his previous three games there.
"It's not a big deal to me, though," Trout said. "I hit third in high school."
Rangers: Berkman not ready
With the Rangers making attempts before the Trade Deadline to acquire a veteran outfield bat, they're not getting great news about their own players. Manny Ramirez isn't generating good reports out of the Minors, and Lance Berkman is still held back by inflammation in his hip and a sore right knee.
"I'm literally taking it one day at a time," Berkman said after having difficulty running prior to Tuesday's game with the Angels. "I'm going to hit [Tuesday] and see if it feels good [Wednesday]. I feel like these guys invested in me, and I'd like to give them some return on their investment."
• The Rangers gained a game on the division-leading A's on Tuesday, ending their streak of days in second place behind the A's without gaining ground at 28 days. That's the second-longest such streak for a second-place team behind the 2009 Cubs, who went 35 days without gaining ground on the Cardinals.
• The Rangers have won five of their last six games against the Angels and lead the season series, 6-2.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.