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Matt Palmer Magical, Angels Put Spell on Padres

Final Score in L.A. of Anaheim: Angels 11, Padres 6

Pitcher Matt Palmer became only the 2nd Angel to start his career with A Halo going 6-0, surpassing Bo Belinsky at 5-0 for sole possession of 2nd place on that list. If teammate Jered Weaver is worried about sharing the title, he will have to ask the Angel bats to spread the love as they once again came to Palmer's aid, scoring 11 runs after a long dry spell.

Of course, the Dodgers worthlessly gave up a game to Texas in pathetic fashion, losing 6-0, so the Angels remian 4.5 games behind the Rangers for 2nd place in the American League West.

Mike Scioscia benched Howie Kendrick and it paid off as starting 2Bman Maicer Izturis was 4-4- and a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle. In fact a fan robbed him of a ball that might have bounced on the short outfield wall and gone for an inside the park HR. We will never know, but the fan will never know what it was like to be among the 40,000+ on their feet as Jason Bulger got the final out to preserve Palmer's magical feat... yes... Mister Fan with the Hand was quickly escorted from the stadium.

After a closed door meeting in Tampa after a loss yesterday rendered a 4-5 road trip that seemd like it was 0-9, the players responded, Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales each homered, the Angels sent 9 men to the plate in the 4th inning and the only guy still on the road trip mindset seemed to be reliever Darren Oliver, who gave up a 2-Run homer in the 7th when the game was pretty much out of ... oh never say never with this arson squad. But not tonight!