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MONDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: John Lackey Only Needs One, Figgy For MVP?

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Up next for Angels: Monday at Kansas City - Los Angeles Times
Sean O'Sullivan scheduled to start tonight against veteran Sidney Ponson of the Royals.

Angels-Royals Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
The surging Angels will try to send the sputtering Royals to their seventh consecutive loss Monday night as the teams begin a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Abreu takes it out on the A's - Los Angeles Times
Gary Matthews Jr. wandered over to offer some encouragement to John Lackey: Keep battling, big guy. Hang in there. "No problem," Lackey told Matthews. "I only need one today."

Team Reports - MLB at
Class AA RHP Jordan Walden has been placed on the DL for the second time this season with inflammation in his forearm near his pitching elbow. Walden missed time in April and May with a similar problem and was just 1-5 with a 5.25 ERA in eight starts this season. Walden, 21, is considered one of the Angels' top pitching prospects.

Vladimir Guerrero to be DH for the rest of the season - Los Angeles Times
The Angels plan to restrict Vladimir Guerrero to designated hitter for the rest of the season, raising the possibility that Angels fans have seen him play in right field for the last time.

rallymonkeys: O'Sullivan gets start in K.C.
Sean O'Sullivan, the big right-hander from the San Diego area, will get the start on Monday night in Kansas City. Shane Loux and Matt Palmer also were under consideration before Angels manager Mike Scioscia settled on O'Sullivan, who is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts.

Offensive options abound for Angels -
How deep and productive is the Angels' offense? Manager Mike Scioscia was able to sit a guy riding an 18-game hitting streak on Sunday.

Angels Bullpen: In-Speiering L.A. To Make a Move - Bleacher Report
Speier faced 13 batters over his last three outings and recorded just one out–a sacrifice bunt that moved a runner into scoring position. The other batters reached on a combination of seven hits and five walks, leading to five earned runs in an official one-third of an inning pitched.

Figgins making MVP waves -
Angels manager Mike Scioscia looks at the total game of Chone Figgins -- hitting, running, fielding, clutch performances -- and this is what he sees: Most Valuable Player candidate.

How inclined are O's to trade closer Sherrill? - FOX Sports on MSN
The Marlins, Dodgers, Brewers and Angels are among the clubs pursuing Sherrill, major-league sources say.

John Heyman: Phillies Favored to Land Halladay - MLB Daily Dish
The Angels, an early favorite for Halladay, seem to be out of the picture. They apparently don't want to part with their prospects.

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