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The Magic Number is 8

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Any combination of Angels wins and Oakland losses that adds up to 8 gives us the division.

Ervin Santana pitched quite capably against a Texas lineup that can be fearsome, especially to a young fastball hitter. That the rookie stepped it up is a testament to what a good pitcher we have. Perhaps we are just seeing the beginning of the Santana Story.

Escobar got his first save since 2003. The timing of Kelvim's return and the compliance he has shown in fitting in where he is needed is shaping up to be the story of the season - emblematic of the program Scioscia runs: team players only, leave your ego at the door.

Best news of all: Finley's spot start yielded an OH-fer-three with 2 strikeouts - that'll show Scioscia.