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WEDNESDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Santana "Bueno", Angels Want To Deal

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Up next for Angels: Wednesday at Texas - Los Angeles Times
Jered Weaver vs. Kevin Millwood

Saunders stumbles again on Texas trip -
His road woes continue against the Rangers, who slug five homers.

Angels rebuffed in pursuit of Haren? - Angels blog -
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Angels made an effort to start trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks regarding their best (healthy) starter, Dan Haren, and were rebuffed.

Report: Angels Contacted D-Backs About "Ace" Dan Haren - MLB Daily Dish
The Angels, however, gave a clear indication that they have every intention of adding an additional starter. Given the weak market that has been decimated by injuries (i.e. Peavy, Halladay, Bedard), it will be tough to acquire a big impact pitcher. According to Rosenthal, virtually every top-end rotation starter is either injured or unavailable, which likely will force teams to be more creative in their attempts to add starting pitching. Haren, 28, would be coveted by many teams should the D-Backs make him available. Along with his talent, another appeal to Haren is his cost effective contract. His deal includes salaries of $7.5 million this season, $8.25 million next season and $12.75 million in both '11 and '12, with a $15.5 million club option or $3.5 million buyout for '13. While on the surface those figures seem substantial, given Haren's production they more than warrant his services.

Team Reports - MLB at
RHP Ervin Santana threw a 48-pitch bullpen session and said afterward that his arm felt "bueno." Santana is on track to start Friday, bumping RHP Matt Palmer from the rotation (not RHP Sean O'Sullivan). But Angels manager Mike Scioscia refuses to say when Santana will pitch other than that it will be during the four-game weekend series against the Orioles.

Los Angeles Angels Team Report -
The Angels finished June with a 17-9 record and pulled off their largest one-month improvement in the division since June 1998. They started the month trailing Texas by 4 1/2 games in the AL West and ended it leading the division by 1 1/2 games. That's the largest change since they started June 1998 trailing Texas by 5 1/2 games, then ended the month up by 3 1/2.

It's All-Opinions day - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
It's All-Opinions day. They're only opinions, but at least they're all mine.

Steve Bisheff has stepped up his game at the Times.

Juan Rivera: Man Crush - Bleacher Report
In a move that surprised many (read: Me), the Halos ponied up for an extended contract, all but handing Rivera the starting role with his shiny new three-year contract.

Angels' Grichuk gets career underway - News
Angels first-round pick Randal Grichuk definitely sees the jump in talent just two games into his professional career.

Angels are rated most fan-friendly - Los Angeles Times
The Angels have ranked as the most fan-friendly baseball team for six consecutive years in the annual ESPN study, but this is the first time the Angels have ranked No. 1 among all the teams in the four major North American sports leagues.

Red Sox botch 10-1 lead in 7th, lose to Orioles -
Baltimore trailed 10-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth. The rally was even more shocking because it came against a Boston team that had defeated the Orioles eight straight times, including five this season.

Jon Wilhite Video (here's the link)