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MONDAY HALOLINKS: Kendry Morales Tops 100

Up next for Angels: Monday vs. Texas --
A victory by the Angels in the first game of a four-game series will clinch the AL West title. Ervin Santana vs. Tommy Hunter

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - Recap - September 27, 2009
Kendry Morales homered and drove in three runs, and the Angels snapped their first four-game losing streak of the season with a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Morales had three hits and Mike Napoli also homered for the Angels (91-64), who blew most of an early five-run lead before hanging on for their first victory since last Monday, putting them on the brink of their fifth AL West title in six years.

Angels snap losing streak -
"You want to take care of your own house, your own business. It's something we haven't done a great job of doing this month. … You have to earn it. We still have to earn it."

Rangers-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
Los Angeles will start Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.46 ERA), who may be pitching for a spot in the club's postseason rotation. Santana is 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA in his last six outings.Santana lost his lone start this year against the Rangers, yielding five runs over four innings July 8 in an 8-1 loss. He fell to 4-2 with a 4.89 ERA in six career home starts against them.

Video highlights from yesterday's game:

Morales' bat leads Angels past A's -
Daily Recap: Kendry Morales collected three RBIs to support Joe Saunders and his six innings of three-run ball against the A's

Napoli jacks a solo homer to left field -
Mike Napoli jacks a solo homer to left field for the Angels

Morales laces a two-run homer to right field -
Kendry Morales smacks a two-run homer to right field

Figgins makes strong throw home for the out -
Chone Figgins makes a nice throw home to nail Eric Patterson

Team Reports -
Angels manager Mike Scioscia hadn't seen a four-game losing streak all season. When he saw one Saturday, he decided it was time to close the clubhouse doors and talk to his team. "You have to get back to that in-house, pitch-to-pitch mentality," Scioscia said Sunday when asked what his message to the team was. "Sometimes guys might have been trying to chew off too much at a time. Not one guy is going to carry us to our goal. But some guys might be thinking they're going to be that one guy. "That was the gist of what we talked about."

Team Reports II -
C Mike Napoli's home run in the fourth inning Sunday was his 62nd as a catcher. That breaks a tie with Bengie Molina and Lance Parrish for the most home runs by an Angels catcher.

It's one away from playoffs for Angels now --
No more complicated mathematical formulas, no more magic numbers, no more scoreboard watching. Win one more game against the Texas Rangers and they capture their fifth American League West title in six seasons. "The challenge is very clear," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We need to win a game. That's it."

Weekend Buzz: Father's death strengthens Molina brothers' bond - Baseball
"That's a special family, you know?" says Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria, who has been a teammate of both Bengie (this year) and Yadier (2004, in St. Louis). "And they've had such a rough year." Yes, sadly, this fall is a particularly emotional one for the Molinas. Their father, Benjamin, passed away suddenly in their native Puerto Rico last October. He died doing what he loved, tending to the baseball field he had built for the children in his hometown. He was stricken with a heart attack while on that field. "All of his life, he was there for us," Jose says. "That's the reason we're here."

Angels are really playing the field --
Angels' productive offense has overshadowed a defense that ranks third in the AL. Even first baseman Kendry Morales, who was new to his position, has proven reliable with the glove.

The Five Biggest Problems for the LA Angels Right Now - Bleacher Report
The Angels for years now have been a great regular season team that struggles in the playoffs. It’s smelling that way again. They peaked early, and now they look like a team playing uphill. They need to get their focus back, their patience at the plate back, and soon.

rallymonkeys: Abreu in exclusive company
Abreu reached another personal milestone in a season loaded with them on Saturday night: 100 RBIs for the seventh year in a row. Only Albert Pujols has done that, but Abreu was reasonably certain a former teammate - Alex Rodriguez - would be joining them shortly.

As a rookie, ace in the making -
"I just remember having a feeling going into the World Series with him on the mound that was different," Kennedy, the intensely driven second baseman of the Angels' 2002 championship outfit now with Oakland, was saying in the visitors' clubhouse at Angel Stadium.

September 28 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 28.
1974 - Nolan Ryan pitches his third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 batters and beating the Minnesota Twins, 4 - 0, at Anaheim Stadium. He also walks eight to run his season total to 202 base on balls, joining Bob Feller in 1938 as the only pitcher to walk more than 200 in a season. Ryan will again top 200 in 1977.
1975 - For the first time in MLB, four pitchers share a no-hitter when Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers of the Oakland Athletics combine to no-hit the California Angels, 5 - 0, on the final day of the season.
2008 - The Angels set a franchise record with 100 wins with a 7-0 romp of the Rangers. They finish with the best MLB record of 2008.