SATURDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Scott Kazmir Is An Angel, Kendry Morales Is A Monster

Angels trade for Scott Kazmir, then rally to beat Athletics -- latimes.com
Kendry Morales has his first five-hit game, ties his career high with six RBIs and gets key hit in seven-run seventh for an 11-7 win.

Morales' monster night powers Angels - MLB.com: News
"Today was my day," Morales said through a translator. "I didn't do anything special. I swung the bat like I usually do, but they just happened to fall in." Morales' career night extended the Angels' lead in the American League West to five games over the Rangers and also marked the ninth time the Halos won despite trailing by four or more runs.

Angels acquire Kazmir from Tampa - CBSSports.com
Kazmir would join John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders in a rotation that is healthier than it's been all summer. Being that he's signed through 2011 (with a $13.5 million club option for 2012), Kazmir also gives the Angels some insurance against Lackey leaving as a free agent this winter.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - FOX Sports on MSN

Reactions to the Kazmir trade:

Scott Kazmir is just what Angels needed -- latimes.com
The Angels all but bid farewell to John Lackey on Friday, with neither sadness nor anger. They enhanced the chance that his last season here might end just like his first season, with the World Series, and there is no sorrow in that.

Angels acquire lefty Kazmir from Rays - FOX Sports on MSN
"We're not going to make moves just to make moves. We search for opportunities that make sense for us, not only in the short term but in the long term," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said during Friday night's game against Oakland. "We had followed him for the last couple of weeks. Most recently, we had a scout in Toronto who saw Scott pitch, and he obviously threw the ball very well. So we just felt it made sense for us to make the move right now."

Angels looking ahead with Kazmir deal - OCRegister.com
The deal that brought Scott Kazmir to Anaheim for Alex Torres, Matt Sweeney and a player to be named had at least as much to do with 2010 and beyond as it did with the rest of this season.

Finally, a move that makes them better - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
If you're going to criticize the Angels for not doing anything, you have to give them credit when they finally go out and make themselves better. Scott Kazmir is not to be confused with a Roy Halladay or a Cliff Lee. But he is a solid major league pitcher with a potentially huge upside who didn't cost them half their farm system.

Tampa Bay Rays secure a brighter future at cost of present - St. Petersburg Times
For now, this trade stinks. There's no other way to paint it. You could say the Rays have Andy Sonnanstine and Wade Davis in Triple A, and so the rotation is not without options. But if those guys were better than Kazmir, they would have already been with the team.

Angels Hope Scott Kazmir Will Help This Season and Beyond -- MLB FanHouse
Kazmir also has a track record of success against the Yankees, a potential playoff opponent of the Angels. Kazmir is 6-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 14 career games against the Yankees. This season Kazmir is 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA against the Yankees and Red Sox.

Rays send message with trade - SweetSpot by Rob Neyer - ESPN
The Angels have locked up a pretty good pitcher for a pretty good price for the next two months and two seasons. But we can't begin to evaluate this trade until we see what the pitcher does, and what those three prospects do. Right now I'd call it a square deal, good for both sides. But it probably won't end up that way.

Halos excited about addition of Kazmir - angelsbaseball.com
"Obviously it's great to see that they made a move with the struggles we've had in our rotation this year," Weaver said. "With the tragedy with Nick and the young guys coming through here all year, it's nice to have a full rotation."

Baseball Video Highlights & Clips - OAK@LAA: Angels GM Reagins talks about Kazmir
08.28.09: Angels GM Tony Reagins visits the booth to talk about getting Scott Kazmir from the Rays.

In case you weren't watching last night's game, or if you had the game muted.

August 29 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on August 29.
1973 - Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop fly drops between two Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees, 5 - 0.
1986 - California scores eight runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, the final four coming on Dick Schofield's 2-out grand slam off Willie Hernandez, to beat Detroit 13 - 12. (One of the best games I've ever been to)
1987 - The Angels trade two minor leaguers for Pittsburgh 2B Johnny Ray
1996 - The last-place Angels defeat the Yankees, 14-3, behind OF Garret Anderson's seven runs batted in. Anderson has two doubles and a home run.
2000 - The Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 9-4. Anaheim's Darin Erstad gets three hits to reach the 200 mark for the season. It is the fastest any batter has reached 200 in 65 years.

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