History Swept Away: Monday Halolinks

Revenge is sweep for the Angels -- latimes.com
In the ancient stadium where their pennant hopes usually go to die, the Angels came to life in dramatic fashion, scoring five runs in the last two innings for a stunning 7-6 American League division series-clinching victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Comeback is an all-timer: Angels win  - OCRegister.com
"I looked up at the sky during that ninth inning," Moreno said. "The flags were blowing. Clouds were rolling by. I know it’s very corny. But I was thinking about Preston (Gomez). I was thinking about Nick (Adenhart). This is such a great place to be if you’re a baseball fan. "You look out there and it could be 1920 or 1950 or 2009. It’s a great place to play. … For us to win, we’ve been close for awhile. I think folks are starting to believe we can play."

Angels stun Papelbon in ninth to sweep Red Sox, advance to ALCS -  CBSSports.com
It was the first postseason sweep in Angels franchise history. And they did it against the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the previous four times they met. "I told you guys earlier: It's going to be a different scene," Hunter said in the clubhouse afterward. "Vladdy came through. That's probably one of the biggest hits of his career. They've been waiting for him to do it, and he did it."

Video highlights from yesterday's game:

Morales answers on solo shot in fourth -  MLB.com
Kendry Morales shoots Clay Buchholz's fastball into the right-field seats to put the Halos on the board in the fourth at Fenway

Abreu's double has Halos within a run -  MLB.com
Bobby Abreu doubles off the wall in left, scoring Erick Aybar from second to draw the Halos to within a run of Boston in the ninth

TV, radio call of Guerrero's big hit off Papelbon - MLB.com
Television and radio broadcasters make the call on Guerrero's game-winning, two-run single against the Red Sox

Angels broadcaster Rory Markas calls the big plays -  MLB.com
Angels radio broadcaster Rory Markas calls the big plays for the Halos in game 3 of the ALDS

Analyzing the Angels' ninth-inning comeback -  MLB.com
Jim Duquette takes a closer look at how the Angels were able to come back in the ninth inning off Jonathan Papelbon to win the ALDS

Angels celebrate after sweeping the Red Sox in ALDS -  MLB.com
The Angels celebrate and discuss their ALDS sweep of the Red Sox

 

What some out-of-town papers had to say:

L.A. saves its best for last in sweep of Red Sox - Seattle Times Newspaper
"We never stop," Torii Hunter said. "We never die. We play all nine."

No ghosts for real-life Angels - BostonHerald.com
Chone Figgins saw the door in the left-center field wall creak open in the bottom of the ninth inning and didn’t like the symbolism. The Angels had just rallied to take a 7-6 lead, and Figgins didn’t want any doors opening for a Red Sox comeback. "We saw that door open, and the (Red Sox) third base coach (DeMarlo Hale) goes, ‘Hey, you know the ghosts have just opened the door,’ " Figgins said. ‘I said, ‘No, not this time.’ "

Boston Red Sox - Closed for season - The Boston Globe
"I think we got outplayed in this series,’’ Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "We didn’t play our best baseball. We didn’t play all that well, all things told, over these last three games. And they certainly did. They deserve it. They outplayed us fair and square and deserve to move on. You have to be a really good [team] and play really well to win in the playoffs. We didn’t play well in this series.’’

Angels 7, Red Sox 6: Abreu and Guerrero come through when it counts for L.A. - The Providence Journal
As he joined the raucous celebration already underway in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park Sunday, Bobby Abreu was quickly engulfed by a half-dozen champagne-drenched teammates. "The Man. The Man," outfielder Torii Hunter exclaimed as he pounded Abreu on the back. "Big game player," said Angels general manager Tony Reagins. "He just thrives in the special moment."

Angels 7, Red Sox 6 - Angels Rally Against Red Sox in 9th, Capping Series Sweep - NYTimes.com
In the hopes of channeling one of their most famous postseason moments, Boston reached back 23 years on Sunday and had Dave Henderson throw out the ceremonial first pitch."I saw that and I said, ‘What are they trying to say?’ " Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said afterward of Henderson’s presence. "They probably shouldn’t have brought him out.

 

Team Reports - CBSSports.com
Sunday's victory was the Angels' 48th come-from-behind win this season, including 10 times when they trailed by four runs or more at some point in the game. They were down 5-1 after five innings Sunday. The 47 comeback victories during the season was a club record and ranked second in the majors. The nine regular-season comebacks from four runs down or more was the most in the majors.

Team Reports II - CBSSports.com
The Angels move on to face the Yankees in the ALCS beginning Friday. The Angels and Yankees have faced each other twice before in the playoffs, and the Angels have won each time -- ALDS in 2002 and 2005.

Angels wipe out ancient history with long-awaited Fenway triumph -  CBSSports.com Baseball
History does matter. It always matters. It mattered because in a place where the Angels knew only disappointment -- "I don't think we've ever had a pleasant experience in this clubhouse," Scioscia said -- the Angels poured beer and sprayed so much champagne that their eyes stung.

Give credit to Vlad and Fuentes - Los Angeles Times
They were the Angels' two biggest question marks coming into the postseason. But on a cool, sun-splashed Sunday in Boston, in maybe the biggest moments of their respective careers, Vlad Guerrero and Brian Fuentes turned the question marks into exclamation points.

Vladimir Guerrero shows he's not finished yet with clutch hit - Lee Jenkins - SI.com
After the game, when Guerrero was asked what pitch he hit, he gave an answer that summed up his 14 years in the major leagues: "I don't know," he said. "I just swung."

Abreu filled a need for Angels - and the bases - The Boston Globe
No MVP is awarded for this round of the postseason, but if there were, Abreu would have been the leading candidate. "I love the guy,’’ said third baseman Chone Figgins. "He is a big reason we got here.’’

AT LAST STRIKE, DISASTER STRIKES: History said Red Sox would prevail. Angels hadn't read the script -  FOX Sports on MSN
It was like watching a movie that took 23 years to make rolling in reverse. The end was the beginning, and this time it was the end for the Red Sox .

Celizic: Angels present Yanks with biggest challenge -  nbcsports.msnbc.com
Forget what the schedule says. The World Series does not start on Oct. 28. It starts on Friday when the Angels visit the Bronx to take on the Yankees in the ALCS.

Vlad's heroics a long time coming - angelsbaseball.com
"When he was standing on first base, I was so happy for him," Hunter said. "He had a big smile on his face. He rarely gets excited but he had that big smile and you knew it was one of the biggest hits of his career."

Angels Take Swagger, Then Series From Red Sox - Bleacher Report
All of the mystique, the aura, the mental edge, gone. The hex that the Red Sox supposedly held over the Angels after making them their personal October stepping stone in recent years? That went up in smoke.

October 12 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 12.
1986 - The Boston Red Sox stave off elimination with a dramatic victory against the California Angels in Game Five of the ALCS. Dave Henderson's two-outs ninth-inning home run against Donnie Moore ties the game, setting the stage for the Red Sox' 7 - 6 win in 11 innings. The Red Sox will come back to win the Series in seven games.
2002 - The Anaheim Angels take a commanding 3 - games - to - 1 lead over the Twins in the ALCS with a 7 - 1 victory. Rookie John Lackey throws seven 3 - hit shutout innings for Anaheim to get the win. Brad Fullmer and Benjie Molina each drive in a pair of runs for the Angels.
2005 - Mark Buehrle pitched a five-hitter and Joe Crede's second double of the game scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 2 - 1 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Game Two of the ALCS.
Happy birthday:
1986 - Trevor Bell, pitcher.  Born the same day the Angels lost to the Red Sox in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS (see above).

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