ANGELS MONDAY ROUNDUP: What's A Teixeira? Kendry Morales Doing The Job

Kendry Morales provides yet more muscle for Angels - Los Angeles Times
The Angels, who have won 13 of 15 games and are 16-3 in their last 19 road games, banged out 15 hits after amassing 19 hits in an 11-5 victory Friday and 18 hits in an 11-6 win Saturday. That marked the first time in the franchise's 7,752-game history that the Angels, who lead the major leagues in batting average (.290), runs (590) and hits (1,040), have had 18 hits or more in consecutive games.

Daily Pitch: Morales makes Angels happy Teixeira got away - USATODAY.com
"Just doing my job," Morales said, speaking through an interpreter. "He's (Teixeira) a horse. I don't want to compare myself to him. It's about me doing the job with an opportunity I've been given."

Maybe all this offense is enough - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Most shocking stats of all, though, showed the supposed small ball Angels leading baseball with a .449 slugging percentage and -- get this -- second with a .353 on-base percentage. Yeah, that's right. The same team that used to take pride in hacking now and worrying about it later is now the second-most patient club in the game.

Team Reports - CBSSports.com
The Angels have not announced a starter for Wednesday -- the second game of a three-game series in Chicago -- but it is likely to be O'Sullivan, who threw a no-hitter in his most recent start last Tuesday. O'Sullivan nearly had a perfect game, retiring the first 18 batters in order before allowing his only baserunner on a leadoff walk in the seventh inning.



Angels better by keeping prospects? - News for Inland Southern California
Did Tony Reagins really fail Friday, when the Angels general manager failed to land one of the big-name pitchers who changed hands at the trading deadline? Or is it us, with our overcaffeinated instant analyses, who have failed -- failed to grasp the nuances of building and running an organization and not just a major league roster?

The Value of Prospects Revisited - MLB Daily Dish
1. J.D. Drew 2. Rick Ankiel (as a pitcher) 3. Eric Chavez 4. Bruce Chen 5. Brad Penny 6. Michael Barrett 7. Ryan Anderson 8. Pablo Ozuna 9. Ruben Mateo 10. Matt Clement
Does this list mean anything to you? Scott Posnanski at Inside Baseball for SI.com tells us that it is the Baseball America's Top Ten prospect list from 10 years ago. How many guys on this list, he asks would you not have risked giving up for a superstar Cy Young pitcher?

Big names could still be dealt despite passing of deadline - USATODAY.com
Just because the deadline has passed, don't think the trades will stop. Teams must place players through waivers, a process in which teams, starting with those with the worst record, can claim a player made available and then work out a trade.

rallymonkeys: Vlad, Torii due back in action this week
Vladimir Guerrero "ran great today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Sunday's game against the Twins. Torii Hunter, also eager to get off the disabled list and get his Rawlings Gold Glove back in center field, "ran very well," Scioscia added. "We'll wait and see how they come out of it. Vlad's probably a couple of days ahead of Torii now."

Angels shift rotation for Chicago series - angelsbaseball.com
Originally, manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher had their top four starters penciled in on their normal fifth days, which would have had Santana going Wednesday and Joe Saunders in Thursday's series finale. Santana and Saunders will be pushed back a day, which means Saunders will work the opener of a big three-game series against the Rangers starting on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Baseball Brunch: Off to the Races - MLB FanHouse
In the AL, the Angels would play the AL East runner-up (we'll say the Yankees) and the Tigers the AL East winners. We know the Yankees can't beat the Angels, and we'll take Boston over Detroit.

Baseball Digest Daily Blog - Diggin’ In The Defensive Dirt (Part 1) — First Basemen
Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from). First, we start at first base.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Blog, MonkeyWithAHalo.com - Fanball Sports Network
The latest news and notes about the Los Angeles Angels of Anheim can be found at MonkeyWithAHalo. Part of the Fanball Sports Network.

August 3 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on August 3.
1982 - At California, Doug DeCinces cracks homers in his first three at bats, but the Angels still lose to the Twins, 5 - 4.
1983 - Nolan Ryan pitches his 9th career one-hitter, striking out 10 Padres on the way to a 1 - 0 victory.
2002 - Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels' center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.

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