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SATURDAY HALOLINKS: Scott Kazmir's First Win

Up next for Angels: Saturday at Texas --
Jered Weaver vs. Scott Feldman

Angels deliver near-knockout blow to punchless Rangers --
Scott Kazmir threw six shutout innings for his first win as an Angel, and setup man Kevin Jepsen survived a harrowing eighth, as the Angels held on for a 2-0 victory over the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington on night.

Kazmir throws six scoreless innings to earn first win in Angels uniform -
"Any time you're with a new team, you want to show what you're made of. This was the perfect example. There was something I wanted to prove," said Kazmir, whose former team has already been eliminated from postseason contention. "It's always exciting to get your first one with your new team, especially a team that's trying to get a playoff spot."

Angels-Rangers Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
Having already set a career high for wins, Weaver is the only member of Los Angeles' rotation from the beginning of the season that has not missed a scheduled start. "He's been so good, so consistent," teammate Torii Hunter told the Angels' official Web site. "I don't know where we'd be without Jered Weaver." Weaver is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts against Texas, and 2-1 with 30 strikeouts and a 4.88 ERA in four this season.

Video highlights from last night's game:

Kazmir shuts down the Rangers -
Daily Recap: Scott Kazmir picked up his first win since joining the Angels in an August trade by tossing six shutout frames

Vlad's homer gives Halos a two-run cushion -
09.18.09: Vladimir Guerrero pulls it over the left-field wall to lead off the third, pushing the Angels to a 2-0 lead over the Rangers

Hunter's bloop hit scores the first run -
09.18.09: Torii Hunter's bloop single drops between three fielders and Maicer Izturis scores from second as the first run of the game

Izturis turns two to get Kazmir out of third -
09.18.09: Maicer Izturis gloves the grounder, steps on the bag and fires to first for the inning-ending double play in the third

Rivera saves an extra-base hit in eighth -
09.18.09: Juan Rivera snares Hank Blalock's hard-hit liner for the first out of the eighth inning

Hunter's miscue ends long errorless streak -
09.18.09: Torii Hunter misfires on Ian Kinsler's single in the eighth, the outfielder's first error since Aug. 31, 2007, a 264-game streak

Team Reports -
OF Torii Hunter was charged with an error on a wild throw in the eighth inning Friday. It was his first error in a regular-season game since August 31, 2007, a span of 264 errorless games.

Angels coaches will be fined for Boston incident -
Within the article, there was this: With a runner on first and one out in the eighth inning Friday, Rangers leadoff man Ian Kinsler lined a single into the right-center field gap. Angels center fielder Torii Hunter cut the ball off, spun and threw wildly. The ball landed on the infield grass between third base and the pitcher's mound, allowing Kinsler to advance to second. It was Hunter's first error as an Angel, his first in 264 games dating to Aug. 31, 2007 with the Minnesota Twins.

Angels catchers wonder about ump's frame of reference --
Framing pitches is a common practice for catchers -- "You try to catch the ball the best way you can to give the umpires the best look," Napoli said. "It happens all game. Not just on one pitch."

The Angels Are in the Wrong...Wait, What? - Bleacher Report
The Angels have some very justified reasons to complain, and the umpires are getting an investigation going against Los Angeles? They blew several calls late in the game that the Red Sox eventually won, and now they're trying to make the Angels look like some demons who verbally tortured the "poow wittle umpiowes?"

John Lackey: Free Agent at the End of the Season - Bleacher Report
So I look at John Lackey's free agency like this: it will be a struggle between two sides. One side will see Lackey the ace, who is the only legit No. 1 starter on this year's market, while the other side will see risk and a bad contract waiting to happen.

Reliable Weaver nearing 200 innings -
He already has delivered more innings than in any of his three previous seasons, and by going six rounds in the middle game of the Angels' American League West showdown with the Rangers on Saturday, Weaver will reach a number he'd underlined: 200. "There's a lot that goes into throwing 200 innings," Weaver said. "That's something I'd really like to do."

Morales a testament to scout's legacy -
The late Preston Gomez was one of baseball's most respected talent evaluators, with good reason. Gomez, in his role as consultant to Angels general manager Tony Reagins, was bullish on Kendry Morales, a young switch-hitter with power searching for a role, a position, since signing in 2004 after his 13th attempt to escape his homeland was a success.

American League division series tickets to go on sale Wednesday - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Tickets for American League division series playoff games at Angel Stadium will go on sale Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available only through the Angels website ( and through Ticketmaster's phone lines, (714) 663-9000. There will be no tickets available for sale at Angel Stadium or at any Ticketmaster Ticket Center. Fans will be limited to a maximum of four tickets per game, per household, for a possible total of three home games in Anaheim.

September 19 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 19.
1963 - At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, 476 lonely fans watch the Angels and Orioles game. The Angels win, 7-2, behind Bo Belinsky.
1973 - The Angels down the Rangers 6-2 and 9-4 at Arlington Stadium. Frank Robinson homers in the 32nd different park of his ML career - a record.
1986 - White Sox pitcher Joe Cowley, who had been demoted to the minors earlier in the season, pitches an ugly no-hitter against the Angels. Cowley walks seven batters and allows a sacrifice fly as Chicago wins 7-1. For Cowley, this win is his high note, as he won't record another big league victory, going 0-4 with the Phils in 1987.

Angels Magic Number: 9