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TUESDAY HALOLINKS: Angels Look For Home Field Advantage

Ervin Santana looks for first win since Aug. 22 --
Ervin Santana vs. Chad Gaudin

Angels do their best to get an edge --
Joe Saunders (14-7) continued his remarkable return from shoulder stiffness by pitching 8 1/3 strong innings and strengthening his bid to make the Angels' playoff rotation.

Angels' Saunders nearly goes distance, keeps Yanks from clinching -
Saunders (14-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in 8 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked none in winning his fifth consecutive decision and sixth in his past seven. After the first inning, the left-hander didn't allow a runner past second until Alex Rodriguez hit a home run leading off the seventh.

Yankees-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
The Yankees have stumbled recently overall, losing six of 10. However, they maintain a 4 1/2 game lead on the Angels for the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Team Reports -
With their victory Monday night, the Angels are 18-5 in their past 23 games against the Yankees in Anaheim. Overall, they have won the past five season series against New York, 12 of the past 18 games, 18 of the past 27 and 33 of the past 51 including a pair of playoff matchups. The Angels eliminated the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs in 2002 and 2005.

Team Reports II -
2B Howie Kendrick went hitless in four at-bats Monday. But he has batted .383 (62 for 166) since he was recalled from Class AAA on July 4. That is the top average in the majors since then (minimum 150 plate appearances).

Video highlights from last night's game:

Angels bounce the Yankees, 5-2 -
Daily Recap: Kendry Morales helped the Halos put it away with a pinch-hit homer in the seventh, as the Angels beat the Yanks, 5-2

Saunders fans three Yanks for his 14th win -
Joe Saunders strikes out three Yankees over 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs to earn his 14th win of 2009

Rivera's double stretches the late lead -
Juan Rivera skies a double to the wall in left-center, scoring Vladimir Guerrero to give the Halos a three-run lead in the eighth

Saunders stays in despite injury -
Angels pitcher Joe Saunders has his leg examined by the training staff in the second inning but stays in the game

Morales' homer hands the Halos a cushion -
Kendry Morales pulls a high one into the right-field seats, pushing the Halos to a three-run lead over the Yanks in the seventh

MLB Report - FOX Sports on MSN
It's a little surprising to me that no one ever talks about the Angels. They've got a really good team, and you'd think they would be considered among the legitimate contenders to win the AL pennant this season. But I guess they're forgotten because they play out west late at night and they don't have a bona fide ace, unless you count John Lackey. Still, I wouldn't just leave them out of the conversation altogether. If they can get past Boston in the first round, they could challenge New York for the pennant.

A logjam in Orange County - SweetSpot by Rob Neyer - ESPN
I used to think that Kendrick would someday win a batting title. He's a .360 lifetime hitter in the minors, after all. But he essentially refuses to take a walk, and it's really hard to win a batting title that way. Especially if you're a right-handed hitter like Kendrick.

Time as player made Scioscia who he is -
"It's no secret that a lot of us here learned our baseball in the Dodgers organization," Scioscia said. "We all cut our baby teeth in baseball at a very young age -- 17, 18 or 19 -- with the Dodgers organization, and that's how we learned the game."

Cards, Angels join Phils in having closer woes - FOX Sports on MSN
The Phillies' Brad Lidge is not the only struggling closer for a team likely headed to the postseason.Cardinals right-hander Ryan Franklin suddenly is wobbling, while Angels lefty Brian Fuentes — like Lidge — might not be the best closing option on his own team.

September 22 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 22.
1977 - Bert Blyleven tosses a 6-0 no-hitter for the Texas Rangers against the Angels at Anaheim Stadium.