WENESDAY HALOLINKS: Familiar Feeling For John Lackey

Up next for Angels: Wednesday at Boston -- latimes.com
Joe Saunders vs. Paul Byrd

Red Sox again give Angels a bad time - OCRegister.com
"For sure, we shot ourselves in the foot," Scioscia said. "We fundamentally weren't what we usually are on the defensive side tonight." But they were what they often have been at Fenway Park on offense – punchless. Matsuzaka held them to three hits in his six innings and the Angels finished the night 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. The one hit (an RBI double by Erick Aybar in the ninth) was the Angels' first hit with a runner in scoring positions since Maicer Izturis' RBI single in the third inning Sunday against the White Sox.

Angels-Red Sox Preview -  FOX Sports on MSN
The Angels will try to set a tone in potential postseason previews in their two remaining games in Boston this week, but the Red Sox have a chance to notch their longest home winning streak of the season with a 10th straight victory at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

Lackey, Angels endure 'familiar' result - angelsbaseball.com
Once again, there was no fun to be had at Fenway Park for the Angels. "It felt familiar," Lackey said, needing no elaboration.

Team Reports - CBSSports.com
After sizzling through June, July and into August, the Angels' offense has cooled down considerably in September. Through the end of August, the Angels had scored 746 runs (5.74 per game), hit 149 home runs and were batting .290 as a team. In their first 14 games this month, though, they have scored only 44 runs (3.1 per game), hit five home runs and batted .242. They've been held to three runs or less 10 times this month, something that happened only four times in the entire month of July and nine times in all of August.



Team Reports II - CBSSports.com
DH Vladimir Guerrero's solo home run Monday at Yankee Stadium was the 10th of his career against the Yankees. Guerrero has now hit at least 10 home runs against 20 teams. That is the third-highest total among active players behind Ken Griffey Jr. and Gary Sheffield, who have homered 10 times or more against 23 teams.

Video Highlights from 9-15-09:

Matsuzaka makes most of return to mound - angelsbaseball.com
Daily Recap: Daisuke Matsuzaka made an impressive return from the disabled list as the Red Sox beat the Angels, 4-1

John Lackey's strong start - angelsbaseball.com
John Lackey strikes out six in 7 2/3 strong innings of work

Rivera gets Bay trying to stretch a single -  angelsbaseball.com
Juan Rivera snags Jason Bay's RBI single on a hop and fires to second to get him, keeping a run off the basepaths in the eighth

Mathis' nice throw beats Ellsbury to the bag -  angelsbaseball.com
With Dustin Pedroia hitting, Jeff Mathis fires a strike to Maicer Izturis at second, who tags Jacoby Ellsbury to end the third

Aybar fires from shallow left for the out - angelsbaseball.com
Erick Aybar fields Alex Gonzalez's grounder in shallow left and fires to first to beat him out for the second out of the third

Gonzalez scores first run on Lackey's miscue - MLB.com
09.15.09: Dustin Pedroia puts down a bunt and John Lackey's throw to third is off, letting Alex Gonzalez score the first run in the sixth

Ellsbury's great catch saves run in ninth -  MLB.com
09.15.09: Jacoby Ellsbury tracks Kendry Morales' fly ball to deep center then leaps to make the catch for the first out of the ninth inning

Angels Extra: Inching closer to the postseason - angelsbaseball.com
Angels Extra: The Angels are inching closer and closer to the postseason

 

Angels hit Red Sox from different angle - BostonHerald.com
This time, the Angels will present a different challenge. Ordinarily blessed with a strong bullpen and an aggressive, athletic lineup, the Angels have undergone a changeover and now possess a high-powered offense and a deep starting rotation.

Trial delay likely in Nick Adenhart murder case - SI.com
The trial of a man charged with the drunken driving death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart will likely be delayed by several months after a new defense attorney was appointed.

Angels' Kevin Jepsen, Jason Bulger ready for postseason -- latimes.com
Both rookie relievers recovered from rocky starts to the season. 'I can't wait,' Jepsen says of the playoffs.

Does Fuentes have tenuous hold on job? - SweetSpot by Rob Neyer - ESPN
Fewer strikeouts usually means more hits, and more hits usually means more runs and a higher ERA. Which is exactly what's happened to Fuentes this season. He's throwing about as hard as he always has, and there's really nothing wrong with him that a few more strikeouts and a few fewer walks won't cure.

Weaver stands tall amid it all - angelsbaseball.com
"It's been a weird season, that's for sure," he said. "Some ups and downs, as far as the pitching staff is concerned. Our offense helped us get through some bumps in the road, and now we have five guys with experience we have confidence in every five days. We've come together, and it's a good feeling."

It's All-Opinions day - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Nothing is more frustrating than to watch a whole team stop hitting at the same time. Especially a team that was the best hitting team in baseball just a few weeks ago . . .

Saunders enjoys Fenway success - angelsbaseball.com: News
Unlike hundreds of left-handed pitchers who have visited the old yard with the daunting wall, Joe Saunders doesn't seem to have any issues, personal or professional, with Fenway Park.

September 16 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 16.
1970 - Clyde Wright joins Dean Chance (1964) as the Angels 2nd twenty-game winner as he beats the Twins, 5 - 1.
1987 - In a 6 - 4 win, California's Bob Boone catches his 1,919th ML game to break the record held by Hall of Fame member Al Lopez.

 

After living on the edge for the past month (one of the reasons the comics have become so infrequent), my computer finally crashed for good yesterday.  I'm trying to recreate all the bookmarks, links, etc. for this daily update, so please be patient over the next couple days as I scour the internet for Angels sites and news.  If anyone has a favorite site I can add to the list, please post the link in the comments below.

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