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Angels Bangin' With Bucks: Wednesday Halolinks

MLB postseason schedule, baseball playoff TV listings 2009 -
League Championship Series American League
Game 1: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees | Friday, Oct. 16, 7:57 p.m. (FOX)
Game 2: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees | Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:57 p.m. (FOX)
Game 3: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels | Monday, Oct. 19, 4:13 p.m. (FOX)
Game 4: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:57 p.m. (FOX)
Game 5*: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels | Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:57 p.m. (FOX)
Game 6*: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees | Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:13 p.m. (FOX)
Game 7*: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees | Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. (FOX)

ALCS matchup: Yankees vs. Angels - Stan McNeal - Sporting News
The Angels this decade have been to the Yankees what the Red Sox had been to the Angels: a postseason roadblock. New York has the sluggers and the starters to reverse its L.A. fortunes, but the Angels are brimming with confidence after finally beating their nemesis.

Torii's Storiis: How sweet it is!
"I've never been a part of a game that felt any better than this. The way we came back, the way we just refused to go down, it was just amazing to be in the middle of something like that."

Angels continue heavenly ascent without Sabathia, Teixeira -
No regrets ... as long as Teixeira and Sabathia don't do any better against the Angels in the ALCS than they did against them during the regular season. In 10 meetings with the Angels this year, Teixeira batted just .225, didn't hit a home run and drove in just two runs. In two starts against the Angels, Sabathia was 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA.

Halos get bang for their 'Teixeira bucks' -
While you can't always get what you want, you just might find you get what you need. With the $20 million they had budgeted for Teixeira, who accepted $22.5 million a year for eight years from the Yankees, the Angels honed in on outfielders and a closer. Signing Juan Rivera ($3.25 million), Bobby Abreu ($6 million with incentives met) and Brian Fuentes ($8.5 million), the Angels committed $17.75 million to three performers who would play pivotal roles in the club's ascension to a third consecutive American League West title.

Angels, Yanks could be one for the ages - FOX Sports on MSN
Get ready for one hell of an ALCS. You've got the two largest media markets in play, you've got bi-coastal tribalism, you've got two candidates for "Team of the Decade" honors, you've got two thunderous offenses, and — most of all — you've got the two best teams in baseball.

Quick Hits: Peterson on pitching, roster decisions and the ALCS sked - River Avenue Blues
Interesting video breaking down the Yankees' pitchers

The real Figgins is ALCS key - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
"I actually thought I was in good rhythm against the Red Sox," said Figgins at the team's practice at Angel Stadium today. "Really, I felt good at the plate. They just kept making good pitches on me." If he felt good, he didn't look good. His regular line-drive stroke was missing and he took far too many called strikes.

ALCS Preview: Is Bobby Abreu Fast? - FanGraphs Baseball
Abreu’s basic counting stats are those of a legitimate stolen base threat. Abreu stole 30 bases this year and has averaged 28.4 SB since 1998, when he became a full-timer with the Phillies. Over the same span, he’s averaged only 9.1 CS, good for a 75.8% success rate — above any break-even point you’d care to use.

Joe has plan for Halos on wheels - NY Post
Joe Girardi was adamant that he doesn’t want his pitchers worrying much about the Angels on the basepaths. But he does plan to try a few ideas to prevent the Angels from stealing a boatload of bases in the ALCS. "The focus when you play the Angels is not to get wrapped up in their running game, because they’re going to run," Girardi said on a conference call yesterday. "The bottom line is that you have to keep making pitches, and when your focus is so much on the running game, you don’t make the pitches that you need to make. "Moving forward, we’ll talk to our pitchers about that like we did the last series, and we’ll do things to try to curb their running game."

No changes in umpiring ... or anything else - SweetSpot by Rob Neyer - ESPN
I'm bringing this subject up (again) for one reason: to explain why we're not going to see more video review in the foreseeable future. We're not going to see it because nothing happens in Major League Baseball without the commish's assent, and the commish is finished with this one.

George Castle - Bench Jockey – Is baseball afraid of competing with football? - True/Slant
Baseball does the scheduling equivalent of a lambada dance to avoid going directly against college football on Saturday afternoons and the NFL on Sundays with its postseason presentation. The fear, with some justification, is that the grand ol’ game will be swamped in the TV ratings by the football colossus on both weekend days.

No camouflaging his loyalty to the Angels --
Michael Turner was scrambling to keep up with his Angels. His only option was his computer. He was hunched over the screen, reading that Vladimir Guerrero had put the ball in play, watching an arc that represented the ball flying from home plate toward center field. "I started yelling, 'Drop, drop, drop!' " Turner said. "Finally, it did."

October 14 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 14.
2002 - Light hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three home runs in a postseason game, helping the Anaheim Angels to secure the first World Series berth in the franchise's 42-year history. Using a ten-run seventh inning, Anaheim beats the Minnesota Twins 13 - 5 to win the ALCS in five games.
Happy birthday - 1954 - Willie Aikens, infielder