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07/31/10 7:29 PM ET

Lee, Weaver close out big series in Anaheim

Nothing against the Rangers' Rich Harden or the Angels' Jered Weaver, strong starting pitchers in their own right, but the mound matchup most wanted to see failed to come to fruition.

That would be between non-waiver Trade Deadline deal-changers Dan Haren and Cliff Lee.

Haren, in his second start since arriving from last-place Arizona, allowed two runs on five hits over nine innings on Saturday night but came up empty in the win column against Harden, who allowed one run in seven innings.

New rotation mate Weaver (9-7, 3.19 ERA) drew the tough task Sunday of countering Lee, whose acquisition from Seattle on July 9 no doubt spurred the Angels to acquire their own top-shelf starter, Haren.

Lee has settled in nicely with the first-place Rangers. He is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA through four starts (one of which was a complete game) for Texas.

And if you think pitching isn't as paramount out West, figure this: Ten of the 11 matchups this season between the Rangers and Angels have been decided by two runs or fewer.

The first-place Rangers have won seven of those first 11 meetings; the clubs face off eight more times (for a total of 19) in 2010.

Rangers: So long to 'Salty'
Texas didn't stand still on Saturday, the last day for non-waivers trades, sending catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Roman Mendez, first baseman Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and $350,000 in cash. ... The Rangers also announced acquiring Washington Nationals second baseman Cristian Guzman for Minor League pitchers Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark. Guzman made his debut on Saturday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He will receive the bulk of the playing time at second base until Ian Kinsler (strained left groin) is activated off of the 15-day disabled list. ... Josh Hamilton was scratched from the lineup after batting practice on Saturday. Tendinitis in Hamilton's right knee also forced him to first switch positions on Friday, then leave a game entirely.

Angels: Standing pat on Deadline day
Content with their recent acquisitions -- third baseman Alberto Callaspo and starting pitcher Haren -- the Angels stood pat on Saturday's busy Trade Deadline day. ... Since joining the Angels on July 22, Callaspo is batting .290 (9-for-31) and has played error-free at the hot corner.

Worth noting
Weaver has held down Texas outfielders Nelson Cruz (.190 in 21 at-bats) and David Murphy (.067 in 15) throughout his career. ... Speaking of significant pitcher-vs.-batter matchups, the Angels' Juan Rivera has three home runs in 12 at-bats against Lee.

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