09/20/10 7:43 PM ET
Vlad looms over Rangers-Halos power shift
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Guerrero should be in the DH slot in Tuesday night's game between the two teams at Angel Stadium, with Colby Lewis getting the ball for the Rangers against Angels right-hander Ervin Santana.
Guerrero has been healthy for most of the season and is back to his stellar self. He helped the Angels win the American League West five times from 2004-09 and is helping Texas achieve that goal this year.
Guerrero is hitting .415 (22-for-53) over his last 13 games to rise from .293 to .305 in season batting average. He has 20 RBIs in his last 29 games to give him 107 for the season, his 10th time with 100-plus RBIs.
And there's more. Guerrero's 30 go-ahead RBIs are second-most in the Majors behind Cincinnati's Joey Votto and the most for a Ranger since Alex Rodriguez had 30 in 2003.
Guerrero also is batting .333 (17-for-51) with five homers and 14 RBIs in 13 games vs. the Angels in 2010. Only two other players have hit as many as five homers vs. the Angels the season after leaving the team -- Bobby Bonds (seven) for the White Sox and Rangers in 1978 and Ed Kirkpatrick (five) for the Royals in 1969. Guerrero is hitting .320 (537-for-1,677) with 89 homers and 344 RBIs lifetime at Angel Stadium.
For the Angels, the playoffs might be out of reach, but personal milestones are not.
Outfielder Bobby Abreu already notched his ninth 20 homer-20 stolen base season on Sunday, and Santana is going for his career-high 17th victory on Tuesday night.
Only five pitchers have had 17 or more wins for the Angels since 2000: Barolo Colon (2005, 21; 2004, 18), John Lackey (2007, 19), Jarrod Washburn (2002, 18), Kelvim Escobar (2007, 18) and Joe Saunders (2008, 17).
Rangers: Lewis back on a roll
Lewis has earned back-to-back victories after nine consecutive winless starts. He has a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts. Texas gave him nine runs of support in his last start after he received four or less runs of support in 13 of his previous 14 starts and 12 total runs of support over the previous 10 starts. He hasn't faced the Angels this year. The last time he faced them was a relief appearance for Oakland on Sept. 3, 2007, in Anaheim. ... Closer Neftali Feliz has recorded 36 saves, one shy of the Major League record by a rookie set by the Mariners' Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000. Feliz has pitched 10 scoreless innings in his last 10 games.
Angels: Santana sizzling
Santana has won his past three decisions and eight of his last 10 decisions. He has given up seven runs in 21 1/3 innings in his last three starts and has thrown seven innings or more in five of his last seven starts (4-0 in that span). He's 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA against the Rangers this year. ... The Angels have outscored opponents 78-57 in the first inning of games this year, but the club has been outscored 665-645 overall in 2010.
Rangers infielder Jorge Cantu has gone 75 plate appearances without an RBI since joining the Rangers. That is one shy of the team record for most plate appearances without an RBI after joining Texas to Juan Beniquez's 76 in 1976, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The Angels will surpass 3 million fans for the eighth consecutive season to extend the club record. The Yankees are the only other AL team (New York) that can make the same claim.
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