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SATURDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Joe Saunders Feels Better, Guerrero Expands The Zone

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Up next for Angels: Saturday at Baltimore -- latimes.com
John Lackey vs. Brian Matusz

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Baltimore Orioles - FOX Sports on MSN
The Orioles tied club records for extra-base hits and doubles in a 16-6 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

O's Lee hits for cycle, overcome with emotion - nbcsports.msnbc.com
Felix Pie became the fourth player in Baltimore Orioles history to hit for the cycle Pie lifted his arm in triumph and waved to the cheering fans from third base. But his enthusiasm was blunted when he looked at Angels manager Mike Scioscia staring from the dugout. "It's a special time for me but I'm sad because I showed too much emotion on the field," Pie said. "I apologize to Mike Scioscia and the players on the other team. It's part of the game, emotion, but I showed too much."

Maybe Felix Pie was so emotional because they keep calling him "Lee"

NBC SPORTS & COVERS.COM: Matchups, Odds, and Injuries

Team Reports - CBSSports.com
Known as one of the best bad-ball hitters in baseball history, DH Vladimir Guerrero proved it again Friday night. With one out and one on in the first inning, Guerrero swung at a 1-2 curveball from Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Tillman's curveball bounced in the dirt a couple feet in front of home plate -- then Guerrero hit it, dropping it into left field for a single.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it's not a good thing to swing at a pitch that bounces "a couple feet in front of home plate"?

Angels to face Brian Matusz -- one who got away - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
The Angels selected Matusz out of high school in the fourth round of a 2005 draft in which they also chose Trevor Bell and Sean O'Sullivan, who are currently in their rotation.

Hunter likely to return Sunday, at earliest - angelsbaseball.com
"He's going to play tonight," Scioscia said, referring to Hunter's appearance in the Minor Leagues. "He feels much better today. If he comes out tonight, we'll look to get him out here this weekend and possibly play, at the earliest, on Sunday."

Angels' Joe Saunders confident he'll regain All-Star form -- latimes.com
"This is the best I've felt all year," Saunders said Friday. "In spring training, they knew it was tight, but I tried to work it out as best I could. Looking back, I should have taken some time off and gotten the shot in spring training."

Baseball Digest Daily Blog - Diggin’ In The Defensive Dirt (Part 7) — Catchers
How do we measure catcher’s defense? Who knows, really. While there’s plenty of data available, it is rare to find anyone taking a stab at it.

If you don't feel like sifting through all of the stats...Napoli is the worst (#36 out of 36), Mathis is 6 spots above him(#30).

Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers - FOX Sports on MSN
A go-ahead double with two outs in a six-run ninth inning gave Boston an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The win extended Boston's lead over Texas in the wild card to 1 1/2 games.

Good news, bad news. The good news - Rangers lost. The bad news - the Red Sox won.

August 15 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on August 15.
1975 - Frank Tanana pitches an 8 - 0 shutout as the Angels hand the Tigers their 19th straight loss.
1999 - The Angels defeat the Tigers 10-2, as Chuck Finley becomes the first pitcher in history to strike out four batters in an inning twice in his career. Finley previously fanned four Yankees in Anaheim's game with the New Yorkers on May 12. Both instances occurred in the 1st inning.