Just when you think the Angels swing nothing but limp bats, up steps some stout muscle.
Juan Rivera with homer No. 19 in a 10-3 rout of the Rangers Saturday.
And Vlad Guerrero with his 23rd blast in another Texas tattering, this time 9-1 Sunday.
Such artillery made for better sparks than Friday night's fireworks.
Suddenly the Angels look like studs again. If Rivera keeps complementing Guerrero -- and if Chone Figgins gets a leg up on the enemy like last year -- Anaheim's finest will stand first on October 1.
And I'll be rewriting "The Highflying Angels" (BuckyFox.com) to update the Rivera chapter, which looks like this in the current book:
Juan Rivera sure traveled upstream to make a spash with the Angels.
He was born in Venezuela, started with the New York Yankees, went farther north to the Montreal Expos, then finally west to Los Angeles.
He made serious waves amid the pennant heat of August 2005. In the first game of a big series with the defending world champion Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium, Rivera ripped two three-run homers as L.A. coasted 13-4.
Rivera was filling a power void in left field, where Garret Anderson was missing because of an injury.
At 27, Rivera suddenly surfaced as a life raft for a drifting offense.