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ANAHEIM — While the Angels’ final weekend of games have little bearing on the present, they opened the series with all sorts of storylines relating to the past and the future.

The Angels’ 8-5 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday night included big offensive contributions from rookies Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward and the scoreless pitching of rookies Jaime Barría and Taylor Cole.

It all came against a backdrop of what is likely to be the final weekend for Mike Scioscia after 19 years managing the team.

On Saturday, the Angels will honor Scioscia with a bobblehead, and on Friday the ballpark concourse included at least one ad for the promotion that included a list of the manager’s accomplishments.

In between all that, the most significant developments relating to 2018 came from Mike Trout and Ohtani, who are making their final statements in the bid for individual awards.

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Ohtani, who had two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly, seems like a good bet to win the AL Rookie of the Year award. Ohtani also stole his 10th base of the year.

As you’d expect, Ohtani is also the first player in major league history to steal 10 bases, hit 10 homers and start 10 games as a pitcher in the same season.

The only other Angels rookies to combine the 10 steals and 20 homers – Ohtani has 22 – were Devon White (1987) and Trout (2012).

Trout was the unanimous Rookie of the Year then, and now he’s trying to win his third MVP award.

Trout singled and hit a two-run homer, his 39th of the season. Trout, however, might only be cementing his place as the MVP runner-up – for the fourth time. Mookie Betts is having a season that, by most measures, is equal to Trout’s, but he’s doing so on a 107-win team going to the playoffs.

The Angels, meanwhile, are going nowhere, but at least feeling good about a four-game winning streak in the final week and the performances of a few players who could be part of the solution in 2019.

Barría, a 22-year-old who began last season at Class-A Inland Empire, has risen quickly to become a reliable member of the rotation. In his 26th start of the season, Barría did not allow a hit or a run. He was knocked out after 4-2/3 innings because he walked six, though.

Barría finished his season with a 3.41 ERA in 129-1/3 innings.

His shot to pitch part of a combined no-hitter ended when Cole gave up a single to Jed Lowrie leading off the sixth. Around that, Cole pitched 2-1/3 innings, striking out five of the eight batters he faced. Signed as a minor league free agent right before spring training, Cole has a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings.

The Angels got the lead with three runs in the second, including two on a homer by Ward, his fifth of the season and second in as many games.

Ward had a rough defensive game. Still learning third base after being a catcher until this year, Ward made an error and had an infield single deflect off his glove in the A’s five-run eighth inning.

More to come on this story.

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