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MONDAY HALOLINKS: John Lackey - "We win games"

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Angels have a field day in victory over Rangers -- latimes.com
Texas had completed a three-game sweep of the Angels on May 18 to take a 4 1/2 -game division lead, and in a clip that was replayed numerous times on ESPN, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, as he high-fived teammates, could be seen mouthing the words, "Get the [heck] off our field!"  "We noticed that, for sure, but nothing needed to be said," Angels pitcher John Lackey said. "We try to fly flags; we don't talk. Let them do that. We win games."

John Lackey talks like a winner.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - September 20, 2009
''I was a little off. I stunk even in the bullpen. It was one of those days,'' said Lackey, the native Texan who was headed across the street for the Dallas Cowboys' home opener in their new stadium Sunday night. ''But the boys took care of me for sure and I appreciate it.'' Gary Matthews Jr. snapped out of his September slump with a tiebreaking homer and a two-run single, and Howie Kendrick drove in five runs with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple. Juan Rivera and Chone Figgins also homered for the Angels (89-60), who won two of three in the series.

Yankees-Angels Preview -  FOX Sports on MSN
Scioscia and the Angels look to continue their success against Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.14 ERA), who makes his first start in 10 days Monday. The Yankees skipped Pettitte's turn in the rotation last week because of tiredness in his pitching shoulder. The 37-year-old veteran lasted five innings against Baltimore on Sept. 11, allowing three runs but not getting the decision in a 10-4 loss. The Angels will counter with Joe Saunders (13-7, 4.75), who has won four straight decisions but gave up five runs - two earned - in 5 2-3 innings of his club's 9-8 loss to Boston on Wednesday. Saunders is 1-1 with a 7.97 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees. He allowed five runs in five innings of a 10-6 home win July 10, failing to earn a decision.

Game Wrapup - angelsbaseball.com
The slumbering Angels' offense came to life in the series finale against the Rangers, as Howie Kendrick came within a double of hitting for the cycle, delivering a two-run homer and three-run triple to power the Halos past the Rangers.

Video highlights from yesterday's game:

Lackey ties Tanana on Angels' wins list -  MLB.com
John Lackey earns his 102nd career victory, tying Frank Tanana for fourth on the Angels' career wins list

Kendrick double shy of cycle as Halos roll -  angelsbaseball.com
Howard Kendrick cleared .300 for the first time this year on a three-hit, five-RBI day as the Halos took the rubber game in Texas

Kendrick flashes the leather at second -  MLB.com
Howard Kendrick makes a diving snag at second to end the inning

Figgins goes yard in the eighth inning -  MLB.com
Chone Figgins smacks a solo homer to right field for the Angels

Kendrick plates a trio with a triple - MLB.com
Howard Kendrick hits a bases-clearing triple to center field, making the score 9-5 in the seventh inning

Matthews' jack puts the Halos on top -  MLB.com
Gary Matthews Jr. hits a solo homer to right field, putting the Angels in front in the sixth inning

Kendrick's homer knots it in the sixth -  MLB.com
Howard Kendrick rips a two-run homer to left-center field, tying the game

Aybar runs it down to make the grab -  MLB.com: Multimedia
Erick Aybar runs to shallow center to make the grab, retiring Chris Davis in the fourth

Angels have a knack for comebacks -  angelsbaseball.com
"Don't ever leave the park early," Hunter said through a big smile. "You just might miss something." The Angels, who open a three-game series at Angel Stadium against the Yankees on Monday night with a 7 1/2-game lead in the American League West, notched a franchise-record 46th come-from-behind win with Sunday's 10-5 decision over the Rangers.

The Kendrick Dilemma - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
At a time when the rest of the Angels' offense has been struggling, Howie Kendrick has been warmer than the September weather back home. After his homer, triple, single, five-RBI afternoon in Texas on Sunday, he's now hitting .489 in his last 15 games. And since his brief trip to the minors, he has hit for an average that is approaching .400, impressively moving up from .230-something early in the year to its current .302.

Catching Quandary: Should Mike Napoli Return As a Starter for the Angels? - Bleacher Report
The starting backstop for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been amazingly inconsistent all season long, which begs the question: Who will fill that role in Anaheim come 2010?

Bobby Abreu sits out Sunday's game -- latimes.com
Manager Mike Scioscia says he gave the right fielder and No. 3 batter time off to "freshen him a bit." First baseman Kendry Morales will likely sit out Monday's game.

September 21 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 21.
1982 - Playing against the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, outfielders Fred Lynn and Brian Downing crash through the LF fence while trying to catch a fly ball. Lynn makes the catch and it is ruled an out, the umpires reason that it is the same as if he had tumbled into the seats. California wins, 2 - 1, when Daryl Sconiers singles home the winner in the 9th.
Happy Birthday - 1972 - Scott Spiezio, infielder