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MONDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Adenhart Award, Figgy On Fire

Up next for Angels: Monday vs. Colorado - Los Angeles Times
Matt Palmer vs. Aaron Cook

Angels to honor their fallen heroes  -
The Angels will honor the memories of Preston Gomez and Nick Adenhart by naming awards after them. The Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year award will be presented annually to the Angels' pitcher whose performance is selected by his teammates as the most outstanding during the course of the season. Additionally, the Preston Gomez Minor League Manager of the Year award will go to one of the organization's seven minor-league managers.

How long can Guerrero bat fourth? - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
How long do you go with what you remember about a ballplayer, as opposed to what reality says he is now? How long do you wait for power to return when it might be gone permanently?

Steve Bisheff asks a good question.

Kershaw goes 7 strong as Dodgers down Angels - FOX Sports on MSN
On Sunday, he shut down a potent Los Angeles Angels lineup that leads the league in batting.

Team Reports - MLB at
3B Chone Figgins entered Sunday's game tied with Twins C Joe Mauer for the best batting average in the majors since May 15. Figgins was on base three times Sunday (a single and two walks) and has hits in 33 of his past 36 games, batting .401 (55 for 137) since May 15.

Howie Watch 2009 - Angels blog -
On Friday, Howie Kendrick hit his first home run in Salt Lake. Then on Sunday, he went 4 for 4, with his fifth double in just 36 at bats. In between was a hitless Saturday.

Sammy Miller keeps us up to date.

Team Reports - MLB at
The Angels were among several teams who scouted three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic last week. But they were apparently unimpressed. Angels GM Tony Reagins said the team had "no interest" in pursuing contract negotiations with Martinez.

Rallymonkeys: Angels' top pick makes impression
If Angels scouting director Eddie Bane is on the money with the Angels' first of two first-round picks, Randal Grichuk -- pronounced GRICH-ick -- could emerge as a talent in the same mold of Rodriguez and Wood. That should make Angels fans happy for a very long time.

Los Angeles Angels News, Scores, Schedule, Stats - Yahoo! Sports
Ervin Santana pronounced himself ready to pitch again after throwing 43 pitches in a bullpen session before Sunday's game. Santana was scratched from his scheduled start earlier this week due to soreness in his forearm near his elbow.

Royals and Braves to Swap Guillen for Francouer? - MLB Daily Dish
According to a report on, the Kansas City Royals may be interested in trading for Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

SBN has a new blog dedicated to MLB Rumors.  Check it out.

Defending Harold Reynolds - Beyond the Box Score
Is OPS a great stat? No. Will a slugger in a weak lineup receive more walks? Yes. Will his home runs be less valuable because pitchers will actually give him something good to hit only when it matters less? Probably. And -- allowing for some writing gaffes -- that's Harold's main point.

An interesting article by Sky Kalkman.

Baseball Digest Daily Blog " Blog Archive " Statistics Are Not Like Bikinis

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.. . .
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
I have no idea who the founders of the quotes are, but I know that they do not consider the human factor in the application of statistics. (Isn’t it ironic that a Sabermetrician is asking others to consider the human factor?)

More statistical stuff

Yanks protest game over lineup snafu -
Confusion arises in eighth from Marlins' double-switch

This doesn't happen very often, and rarely upheld.

Sony scraps Soderbergh's 'Moneyball' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
Columbia Pictures has dropped the ball on "Moneyball," the Steven Soderbergh-directed Brad Pitt starrer that was supposed to begin production on Monday in Phoenix.


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