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SATURDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Joe Saunders On DL, Bullpen Woes Continue

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

Rangers hit 5 HRs, trim Angels' AL West lead - FOX Sports on MSN
Omar Vizquel drove in three runs with four hits, including his first home run since 2007, and his teammates hit four more homers, including Josh Hamilton's three-run shot, and the second-place Rangers beat the Angels 11-6 on Friday night.

Rangers-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
"We're going to have to play well to get through our division, and this is a bump in the road. We have to focus on how we're playing the game, not who or where."

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

Team Reports -
Saunders retired just five of the 12 batters he faced against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, his shortest start of the season. Saunders gave up back-to-back home runs to Josh Hamilton and Hank Blalock in the first inning and five runs in all before leaving with tightness in his throwing shoulder. After the game, Saunders was placed on the disabled list and right-hander Jose Arredondo was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake.

Team Reports II -
The Angels had five of the first 48 picks in this year's draft (two in the first round and three compensation picks between the first and second rounds). All five have signed.

Torii Hunter hopes to return next week - Los Angeles Times
Hunter's injury -- a muscle strain on his inner right thigh -- has kept him on the disabled list since July 8

Torii's Storiis: Test cancels homecoming
This has been a rough day. I was all psyched to go home to Arkansas, to Little Rock, and play for the Travelers there this weekend in rehab games. But today I didn't pass a strength test after a strenuous workout on the field, and it looks like I have to change my plans.

Angels weary of Rangers's arms -
It would be unfair to give all the credit to the [Ranger's] pitchers, however, as a much-improved defense has helped lower the team ERA -- especially because the club has so many pitchers that rely on pitching to contact. The team is currently second-to-last in strikeouts in the American League.

Baseball Digest Daily Blog - Diggin’ In The Defensive Dirt (Part 5) — Left Field
In Part 5, it’s time to move our look at the key defensive metrics in relation to outfielders. This edition looks at left field.

MLB power rankings: City of Angels teams ranked No. 1-2 -
Voting by a panel of 12 USA TODAY baseball writers and editors.

Have you seen this man? - Inside the White Sox
For the second time in the last five weeks, the Sox have "misplaced'' their 300-pound, often injured right-handed pitcher, as Bartolo Colon - this time on the DL with a sore right elbow - is once again missing.

Fun Cards " Smoke 'em Inside
Steve won 9 games in 1985 despite being a 45-year-old woman.

Some funny stuff!

August 8 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on August 8.
1982: Doug DeCinces hits three home runs in a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. DeCinces also hit 3 HRs on August 3.