Indians stun Angels, Fuentes with big rally in 9th - FOX Sports on MSN
Juan Rivera, Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli hit consecutive homers in the second inning for the Angels, who lost back-to-back games for just the second time in July following an eight-game winning streak. Morales hit two homers and Rivera drove in two runs in his return from an eight-game injury absence, but the Angels' shaky pitching staff failed them again. The loss dropped Los Angeles' lead over Texas in the AL West standings to 2 1/2 games.
Indians-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
The Indians look to extend their season-high winning streak to six games when they continue a three-game road set against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
TRADE RUMOR STUFF
Forget the Phillies, the LA Angels Need Roy Halladay Much More - Bleacher Report
According to Heyman, the Blue Jays asked for 28-year-old LHP Joe Saunders, 21-year-old RHP Sean O'Sullivan, SS Erick Aybar, and SS/3B Brandon Wood. Saunders and O'Sullivan are currently in the Angels rotation, Aybar is the starting SS, and the 24-year-old Wood is a promising power hitter who could be moved to third base, another position the Jays need to improve. If that Blue Jays' request is real, I make that trade in a heartbeat if I am Angels GM Tony Reagins.
Trade talk: Angels shift from Halladay to Lee - Yahoo! Sports
Frustrated by their inability to close the gap in trade negotiations for Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, the Los Angeles Angels have shifted their emphasis to Cleveland Indians lefty Cliff Lee, a source said.
For his sake, Ricciardi better be bluffing - FOX Sports on MSN
This is what you need to know about Halladay: right now, he has more value to the teams that are trying to trade for him than he does to the Blue Jays. Significantly more.
Would keeping Halladay even make sense for Jays? - CBSSports.com
Even though the Blue Jays say they don't have to trade Halladay, and even though general manager J.P. Ricciardi keeps dropping hints that Halladay won't be traded, it hardly seems to make financial sense for the Jays to keep him. Hurt by the bad economy and a weakening Canadian dollar, the Jays dropped their payroll to about $80 million (in U.S. dollars) this year. They've suggested that they don't expect it to go much higher in 2010, and that in any case they don't see supporting a $100 million payroll in the near future.
Front offices, players, agents driven 'crazy' over trade rumors - USATODAY.com
"I can't keep up with all of it myself, and we're the ones who are making the decision," says Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. "It's crazy what's going on out there. There are rumors, atop of rumors, atop of rumors, atop of rumors.
Halladay continues to go nowhere; other pitchers on the move - NBC Sports
Anyone else get the sense that the Blue Jays screwed up the Roy Halladay business? They've had him out there forever, no deals are happening, and the sense is that they're asking too much. Then, either as a result or by happy accident, Cliff Lee, Scott Kazmir (maybe), Jarrod Washburn and Bronson Arroyo all come on the market.
NON-TRADE RUMOR STUFF
Team Reports - CBSSports.com
OF Juan Rivera was back in the lineup Monday after missing the previous eight games and 10 of 13 with a right hamstring injury. Rivera hit a home run in his first at-bat and went 2-for-4 as the DH and will be eased back into the lineup in that role before he's used in the outfield, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The one player they can't lose - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Whatever happens, they can't let Chone Figgins leave. The gifted little leadoff hitter is in the final year of his contract, so he will be open to all bidders after the season. Arte Moreno has to make sure he at least matches, if not surpasses, the top offer. Figgins is that important. He doesn't just play for this team. He defines it.
Angels find new way to win - SweetSpot by Rob Neyer - ESPN
I've developed a tendency to believe in the Angels, because they find a way to win almost every year. But if I'm the Rangers and I'm looking for a glimmer of hope, it's this: the Angels might be winning yet again, but they're not supposed to win like this. And maybe at some point this summer they'll stop.
Kendrick thriving since recall - angelsbaseball.com
"Torii [Hunter] used to tell me all the time 'Watch, watch, you'll come out of it,'" Kendrick said. "When you are going through it, you just don't know, but now I look back at where I was and I think, man, he was right."
July 28 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 28.
1964 - The Angels' Jim Fregosi hits for the cycle to assure a 3-1 win over the Yankees. New York's only score is a Mickey Mantle homer over the CF fence at Chavez Ravine, one of only two hits off Dean Chance. It's the first homer given up by Chance in 69 innings.
1966 - Rick Reichardt, California's young hitting star, is sidelined with a kidney ailment. He will have a kidney removed in two weeks.