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Up next for Angels: Friday at Oakland -- latimes.com
Jered Weaver vs. Gio Gonzalez.

Millwood, Rangers wallop Angels - FOX Sports on MSN
"I didn't want to come out. This was the last chance I got to play for a long time, so I wanted to stay out there as long as I could," Millwood said. "We get paid to win ballgames, and that's the way we've got to approach it. This place has been pretty miserable the last three days, so getting a win today was pretty important for us."

Angels' Ervin Santana will start the playoffs in the bullpen -- latimes.com
Scioscia juggled his pitching staff to have John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders start the final four regular-season games in that order, and that's likely to be the way they will pitch against Boston.

Angels-Athletics Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
The Athletics finished in a tie for the majors' fifth-best record in September at 17-10, winning two of three last weekend in Anaheim. Oakland, though, has dropped four straight after a 4-2 loss in Seattle on Thursday and has clinched its first last-place finish since 1998.

Team Reports - CBSSports.com
--The Angels are only the second team since the 1930 Cardinals to have 10 players drive in 50 or more runs. The 2007 Tigers also had 10 players with 50 or more RBIs (including OF Craig Monroe, who drove in 55 before being traded).
--Angels starting pitchers led the majors with a 2.96 ERA in September. They lowered their season ERA from 5.00 to 4.48 over a 33-game stretch, moving from 12th among American League starting staffs to fifth.

Angels set franchise record for runs scored - angelsbaseball.com
The Angels set a franchise record for runs scored in a season when Terry Evans scores on Kevin Millwood's wild pitch

Video highlights from yesterday's game:

Davis homers; exchanges words with Lackey - MLB.com
Chris Davis and John Lackey exchange words Davis rounds the bases after homering in the top of the second inning

Ted Williams' frozen head for batting practice at cryogenics lab: book
Williams' severed head was then frozen, and even used for batting practice by a technician trying to dislodge it from a tuna fish can.

Fans gear up for ALDS after home finale | angelsbaseball.com: News
"It's like basketball. You guys are like the sixth man," said Figgins. "We couldn't do it without you." Hunter elicited the loudest cheers when he announced that the Angels are "the team to beat" and that the team is going to the playoffs "in Nick Adenhart's honor."

Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees have postseason pitching edge - Tim Marchman - SI.com
I've ranked the eight playoff staffs here by how well their best pitchers have done against strong offenses down the stretch. Specifically, I looked at how each team's top three starters and top two relievers have pitched since Aug. 16 against offenses that rank in the top five in their league in runs per game. These criteria are debatable to be sure, but they at least shed some light on how the pitchers who will actually be throwing important innings have performed lately against playoff-caliber offenses.

Angels set franchise runs record - angelsbaseball.com: News
A day after Evans drove home the Angels' 866th run on Wednesday to tie the franchise record for runs in a season, Evans scored the record-breaking run in the third inning of Thursday's 11-3 loss to the Rangers on a wild pitch by Kevin Millwood.

Angels Plans On Turning Tragedy Into Glorious Times - Bleacher Report
In front of a loud crowd wearing seas of red, the Angels were angling to sustain another division title, emotionally reflecting back on a shocking tragedy that left teammates numb, stunned and speechless.

October 2 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 2.
1966 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers wins his 27th game of the season and the final game of his career. Koufax's 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies clinches the National League pennant for the Dodgers.