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FRIDAY HALOLINKS: "Howard" or "Howie" Kendrick Has Big Night

Angels-Rangers Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
A prolonged offensive slump has Texas in the midst of an untimely losing streak. The good news for the Rangers is that the first-place Los Angeles Angels also haven't played all that well of late. The Rangers will try to cut into the visiting Angels' AL West lead when the teams open a key three-game series Friday night.

Angels rebound, win in Boston --
It was a game of redemption for Howie Kendrick, Brian Fuentes and the Angels, who for one cool, crisp New England evening did not have to address their supposed Boston Red Sox curse or their Fenway Park demons.

Kendrick rallies Angels in 9th to beat BoSox - FOX Sports on MSN
"Winning cures everything," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "I have already forgotten about the Red Sox and am thinking about our series with Texas."

Angels gear up for showdown in Arlington -
"As a team, us, we need to play a lot better," Hunter said as the Angels were preparing for a three-game American League West showdown against Texas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. "We need to play the game we know how to play. "Don't try to do too much. Don't get caught up in the hype. Just play the game. We've been making mistakes that aren't like us. We'll clean it up. We're going to be better."

Team Reports -
2B Howie Kendrick got his second consecutive start against a right-handed pitcher and went 3-for-4 with a home run and the game-winning RBI. Kendrick has been primarily limited to starts against left-handers, but Maicer Izturis is nursing a tight leg muscle.

Team Reports II -
3 -- The longest losing streak by the Angels this season. They are the only team in the majors not to have a four-game losing streak this season. Only 37 teams in baseball history have gone an entire season without a four-game losing streak, most recently the 2005 St. Louis Cardinals.

Video highlights from last night's game:

Angels get past the Red Sox, 4-3 -
Daily Recap: Howard Kendrick scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth, as the Angels got the win

Kendrick hits an RBI single to right field -
09.17.09: Howard Kendrick hits an RBI single to right field, giving the Angels a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning

Kendrick scores on Beckett's wild pitch -
09.17.09: Howard Kendrick scores on Josh Beckett's wild pitch, tying the game at 3 in the top of the seventh inning

Kendrick hits a solo home run to right field -
09.17.09: Howard Kendrick hits a solo home run to right field, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning

Santana tosses seven solid innings -
09.17.09: Ervin Santana pitches strong over seven innings of work, striking out six

Mathis catches Bay stealing second base -
09.17.09: Jeff Mathis throws out Jason Bay trying to steal second base after David Ortiz strikes out

Scioscia, Angels dispute strike zone -
09.16.09: Mike Scioscia and the Angels' dispute the strike zone during Nick Green's at-bat during the ninth

Angels Extra looks at their rotation without Adenhart - takes a look at the Angels' season and rotation after losing pitcher Nick Adenhart in a car accident in the first week of the season

Caray and Martinez discuss the Angels' pitching staff -
Chip Caray and Buck Martinez discuss Los Angeles Angels' pitching and if newcomer Scott Kazmir can finally help them advance in the playoffs

League to probe Angels' postgame criticisms -
Major League Baseball's vice president for discipline Bob Watson is "looking into" the Angels' postgame criticism of the umpires in Wednesday's 9-8 loss at Fenway Park. Angels closer Brian Fuentes, in particular, could be fined for his suggestion that umpires are intimidated by the atmosphere at Fenway Park and are hesitant to make an important call against the home team.

Angels: Umpire says' Brian Fuente's ninth-inning pitch 'could have been a strike' --
Umpire Rick Reed acknowledged Thursday that his ball-four call on a ninth-inning pitch by Angels closer Brian Fuentes to Nick Green on Wednesday night "very well could have been a strike." He also admonished the Angels for their actions after the team's 9-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Umpires complain of verbal abuse by Angels -
"Their deportment as we left the field, going through the Angels dugout, left a lot to be desired," plate umpire Rick Reed told the Boston Herald. "We filed a report after the game and I would think there will be a coach or two over there that would be regretting his actions today." Angels manager Mike Scioscia called the accusations "absolutely wrong."

It's a matter of passion - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
How do you think Darin Erstad would have played that bloop that fell in front of Juan Rivera to win the game? You know the answer. He never would have held up the way Rivera did. He would have been stretching and reaching and diving as if it were the seventh game of the World Series. He would have skidded through the dirt that is part of left field, probably leaving himself with bruises and abrasions. But you know what? He probably also would have made the catch.

Angels don't question Juan Rivera's effort on last play --
"I was about 90 feet in from the line, and I was trying to get to the ball," Rivera said Thursday. "On TV, it looks very different than in person. Everything looks really close, but from where I was, the ball hit farther in front of me. If I dive, I wouldn't have gotten it." Bench coach Ron Roenicke, who handles the outfielders, agreed. "He couldn't have gotten to it," Roenicke said. "I saw the replay, and it may look" as if he could have caught it, "but he was not going to catch that ball. He knew he couldn't catch it, so he pulled up." But, considering it was the last play of the game, shouldn't Rivera have dived just to leave no doubt?

Jepsen continues to honor Adenhart -
Kevin Jepsen has evolved into a first-class setup man this season for the Angels, on the mound and in the dugout. It is his duty, assumed from Scot Shields, to make sure uniform No. 34 is visible each day, hanging in the team's dugout.

BoSox good enough to win title, but must solve road woes - Baseball
"Two different teams," said one scout who has seen the Sox regularly at Fenway, and also on the road. The record sure suggests that: 52-22 at Fenway, 34-37 everywhere else. The stats sure suggest it: 5.9 runs a game at home, best in the majors; 4.7 runs a game on the road, 12th best in the majors. 3.82 ERA at home, second best in the American League; 4.64 ERA on the road, eighth best in the AL, and 18th best in the majors.

Heaven Help 'Em: L.A. Angels' Embarrassing Loss Will Only Inspire Postseason Run - Bleacher Report
The walk issued to Nick Green that forced in the tying run was controversial, to say the least—Green appeared to first go around on a check swing that would have been strike three, then took a 3-2 pitch down the middle at the knees that was called a ball—but the fact remains Fuentes didn't get the job done.

September 18 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 18.
1998 - The White Sox sell C Chad Kreuter to the Angels