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WEDNESDAY HALOLINKS: Mike Scioscia Adjusts Rotation, and Other Things

Up next for Angels: Wednesday vs. Rangers --
Matt Palmer vs. Derek Holland

Angels eliminate Rangers from playoff contention - FOX Sports on MSN
Although manager Ron Washington led the Rangers on their most interesting stretch run in a while, he lamented his club's missed chances in the AL West and wild-card races. "We had opportunities in both areas, and it lies with us," Washington said. "We didn't get it done. Boston ended up getting in there by default (emphasis mine). There's not enough games left on the chart, but we're still going to try to win as many as we can down the stretch."

Atta boy Ron, tell it like it is!

Angels see playoff picture --
Scioscia said setting his rotation for the playoffs would be his most important decision in the next week. He pushed back Kazmir's start a few days to give the left-hander additional rest and will do the same for Jered Weaver and John Lackey.

Rangers-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
"We're making some adjustments to our rotation - there are a lot of things we're considering," Scioscia told the Angels' official Web site. "As things start to clarify by the end of this weekend, we'll have everything announced."

Team Reports -
At various points this season, you could have made strong cases for Torii Hunter, Chone Figgins or Kendry Morales as the Angels' most valuable player. But manager Mike Scioscia said his choice would be someone else. "I think Bobby Abreu," Scioscia said. "For one simple reason -- the balance he's provided on the offensive side."

Team Reports II -
With Tuesday's victory, the Angels have scored 861 runs this season. They need to score six runs in the final five games of the season to break the club record. The 1979 team scored 866 runs.

Video highlights from last night's game:

Rangers' loss means end of Wild chase -
Daily Recap: The Rangers were officially eliminated from postseason contention as they fell to the Angels, 5-2

Pettit singles to left for his first MLB hit -
Chris Pettit lines a single to left with one out in the seventh to collect his first Major League hit

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Reaction: Angels' dousing of Adenhart jersey -
Because Adenhart was killed in a collision involving an allegedly drunk driver, some reports have speculated about the appropriateness of the gesture. Angels vice president for communications Tim Mead said the team received supportive communications from Adenhart’s family, as well as from the family of another victim of the collision, Henry Pearson, and the lone survivor, Jon Wilhite.

Angels defend pouring beer, champagne on Nick Adenhart's jersey --
Said third baseman Chone Figgins: "He's our teammate. We're allowed to do what we want."

Manager Of The Year: Scioscia Leads Angels to Emotional Division Title - Bleacher Report
Manager Mike Scioscia's unshakable determination and steady hand guided this team through the darkest possible moments and into the bright, squinting light of a third consecutive divisional crown. He served as the emotional rock for his players, exactly what they needed in such trying times.

History vs. Sox means nothing to Angels -
Torii Hunter doesn't believe in ghosts. "I don't want to hear about the history and any so-called Red Sox jinxes and hexes," the Angels' center fielder and emotional leader said. "I wasn't here for any of that. I know we can play with those guys, and that's the way every guy on this team feels."

It's All-Opinions day - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Manager Mike Scioscia gave the first hint of his postseason lineup when he announced Bobby Abreu "definitely will hit second" in the order . . .

Kazmir remembers Morales, the pitcher -
"Morales was a pitcher and also played in the outfield, I think, in that junior national tournament," Kazmir recalled. "I didn't hit against him, but he threw pretty hard. "Sure, I remember that [tournament]," he said in Spanish. "I won the championship game. I went all the way, nine innings. I could throw a good fastball, and I had some other stuff."

September 30 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 30.
1976 - The Chicago White Sox try a different approach against California, using a lineup in numerical order by field position. The batting order is: Brian Downing -- 2: Lamar Johnson -- 3: Bill Stein -- 4: Kevin Bell -- 5: Bucky Dent -- 6: Alan Bannister -- 7: Chet Lemon -- 8: Jerry Hairston -- 9. Finishing off the lineup is 53-year-old DH Minnie Minoso. The Angels are unimpressed, winning, 7 - 3.
1984 - On the final day of the season, Mike Witt uses only 97 pitches to retire 27 consecutive hitters. The Angels' hurler throws the perfect game against the Rangers and beats Charlie Hough on an unearned run, 1-0.
2000 - The Mariners outslug the Angels, 21-9. It is the most runs ever scored against the Angels and the two teams combine to have 18 players scoring runs in the game, one short of the AL record. Alex Rodriguez drives home seven runs for Seattle, with four hits, including two home runs.


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