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SATURDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Kendrick Gone, Angels Looking at New Street

Next up for Angels: vs. Padres - Los Angeles Times
San Diego wills start Josh Geer in place of Jake Peavy, who has an injured ankle.

Timing is right to shake up the Angels - Sports - OCRegister.com
The Angels have to find some way to get their two most dynamic major-league-ready prospects onto the field. Yeah, Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez probably will struggle, but what if they don't? What if just one of them continues to pound deep shots?

Which brings us to this...
Angels roll, but Howie Kendrick is demoted - Los Angeles Times
The struggling second baseman, who was replaced by Izturis in Friday night's lineup, was optioned to triple-A Salt Lake after the game. Hot-hitting Sean Rodriguez is expected to be recalled today.

Kendrick demoted by Angels to Triple-A - CBSSports.com Baseball
"We feel it's time for Howie to go down and just take a little pressure off of him, let him exhale a little bit, get some at-bats and find his swing," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully it's going to be a big turnaround, but it's tough to search for it up here. I know he's pressing."

Wood Watch 2009 (Now with more Arredondo!) - Angels blog - OCRegister.com
Jose Arredondo’s Triple A debut. He came into the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead and immediately hit the first two batters he faced. Ha. Then he got the next three guys: Ruben Gotay on strikes, Alex Romero on a grounder, Tony Clark on a flyout to right field. It took him 25 pitches, 11 of which were balls.

Gammons On Street, Amezaga, Tejada - MLBTradeRumors.com
The Angels have targeted Huston Street, in case the Rockies become sellers.

News flash: Vladimir Guerrero swings at a lot of bad pitches - Los Angeles Times
According to www.fangraphs.com, 54.6% of the pitches Guerrero has swung at have been out of the strike zone, the third-worst mark of 557 players who have hit in the major leagues this season.

The LA Times is referencing FanGraphs...the earth is starting to wobble.

Angels Unplugged - Escobar looking forward to bullpen role - Los Angeles Times
Escobar pitched out of the bullpen in September 2005, returning from elbow surgery to go 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in nine relief appearances and helping the Angels reach the American League Championship Series.

MLB.com Sees Record 332.5 millon Page Views for '09 First-Year Player Draft
MLB.com announced today that its live coverage of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft drew 332.5 million page views and 29.8 million visitors over the three-day event, shattering traffic records for the comparable draft time period.

I think this internet thing might be catching on.

Chat: Chat with Rob Neyer -SportsNation - ESPN
Steve (Blacksburg, VA): Do you see the Rangers hanging on in the West and taking that division? Or will they falter.

Rob Neyer: I'm sure they'll fall into second place at some point, but they've got as good a chance as anyone of winning the thing. There's just no reason to think the Angels are going to make a big push this season.

Andy (NYC): What a surprise. Rob taking a shot at the Angels. What exactly DON'T you like about them?

Rob Neyer: Well, they've been outscored by 11 runs. I suppose you might reasonably argue that Lackey and Santana are going to come around, and you'd probably be right. I'm not saying they won't be in first place at some point. I'm saying there's nothing that's going to separate them from the Rangers by a lot, and that the race should go deep into the season.

Everyday Life - Ashley Thompson's Blog
You may be asking, why in the world would she be doing a giveaway, with a florist, for Father's Day?! Well, they have informed me that they are teaming up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to help raise awareness for prostate cancer and raise funds for research.

6-4-2 — An Angels/Dodgers double play blog
Palmer dodged and weaved through six, somehow containing the Pads' pitiful offense to only four runs. As seems usual with him, he got better as the game progressed, but since he threw so many pitches in the second through fourth innings, he got yanked after six. He got some help from his defense, including a nifty inning-ending 3-6-3 double play started by allegedly lead-gloved Kendry Morales to end the fifth.

Drunk People Can Dance!