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MONDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: #100 For John Lackey, #1 For Scott Kazmir Wednesday

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John Lackey earns 100th victory with Angels --
Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales provide the offense in a 9-1 victory over the Athletics by hitting three-run home runs.

Lackey joins elite group with 100th win -
Notching his 100th career victory in an Angels uniform with a 9-1 decision at Angel Stadium in front of 38,018, Lackey joined Nolan Ryan, Frank Tanana, Chuck Finley and Mike Witt as the only pitchers in franchise history to have reached the century mark.

Team Reports -
1B Kendry Morales was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run Sunday. That gives him 45 RBI since the All-Star break (the most in the American League) and 33 in August (breaking Bobby Bonds' club record for RBI in August, 31 in 1977). Morales was 12-for-26 with 11 RBI on the seven-game homestand, which ended Sunday.

Team Reports II -
Lefty Scott Kazmir slipped on his new Angels uniform for the first time Sunday, officially joining the team. He threw a bullpen session before the game, then met with the team's catchers (Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis), manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher to begin preparing for his first start. Kazmir will make his Angels debut Wednesday in Seattle.

Team Reports III -
QUOTE TO NOTE "There's plenty of money here if they want to keep me, let's be honest." -- RHP John Lackey (a free agent this coming winter) on how the acquisition of LHP Scott Kazmir affects his future with the Angels.

Weekend Buzz: Kazmir provides needed arm, hope for Angels - Baseball
Angels pitchers have surrendered 40 homers in 28 games this month.

Scott Kazmir Is Wrong for the Los Angeles Angels from the Word "Go" - Bleacher Report
If he pitches well or pitches badly, it’s not going to make a difference this year. It won’t make a difference, because as shaky as the Angels have been with starting pitching, the real problem is the bullpen.

Angels Add Scott Kazmir - FanGraphs Baseball
Moving forward ZiPS projects him for a modest 3.82 FIP moving forward. That’s a bit worse than John Lackey, about equal to Jered Weaver, and a bit better than Ervin Santana. Kazmir isn’t an ace anymore, and the Angels aren’t asking him to be one. He has the capability of being a solid starter as long as he remains healthy.

Morales reaches a new level - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
It is time to make it official now. Kendry Morales is a star.

Bees take over agent Boras' suite at Angel Stadium -
The bees occupied his front-row seats directly behind home plate for the first two innings. They were removed with the help of a vacuum during the third inning.

Halos have options when rosters expand -
"I think there are some arms down there," manager Mike Scioscia said, referring to Triple-A Salt Lake. "I'm not going to throw names out there. [There are] arms out there, moving forward, ready to give us a little more depth now. Right-hander Rich Thompson, who has appeared in 12 games for the Angels with a 5.40 ERA, has been lighting it up at Salt Lake and figures to add firepower to the beleaguered bullpen.

The Baseball Analysts - Team Of The Decade
As we wind down the first ten years of the 21st century, which clubs have the best shot of being crowned the "Team of the Decade?" While looking at anything in terms of decades is heavily influenced by the start and stop dates, it can still be a fun exercise nonetheless.

California beats Taiwan for Little League World Series crown -
They're surely celebrating in the San Diego suburbs after California secured the fifth straight Little League championship for the United States.

August 31 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on August 31.
1964 - Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of next year's California Angels.
1979 - The Angels regain 1st place in the AL West by beating the Indians, 9 - 8. California scores five runs in the 8th on three homers, then watch as Cleveland scores four to tie.