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Monday, June 09, 2003

The No Rest for the Weary matchup is tonight, as the Angels play the Phillies in the only broadcast on the MLB slate tonight. The Angels are fresh off their longest road trip of the year, in which they went 7-5 through Baltimore, Tampa, San Juan (vs. the Expos) and Miami. After that humidity-soaked excursion, I'm sure they don't mind the long trip back to the West Coast to play tonight.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, took both ends of a doubleheader from the A's yesterday, then hopped a plane to Anaheim a few hours after the Angels.

The Angels have actually been playing pretty well lately; the offense has picked up some, and the starting pitching has picked up a lot. Tonight, Jarrod Washburn - who's been by far the best Angels starter this year - will get the ball, and Darin Erstad should be back in the lineup for the first time in almost two months. Unfortunately, David Eckstein is sidelined with a deep bone bruise, and Tim Salmon may be limited to DHing, again due to a bruise. But slowly, this team appears to be reassembling itself to take its best shot at a run on a playoff spot. At the moment, they're 10.5 games out of the AL West lead - Seattle just finished going 11-1 on a road trip, for Chrissakes - but just three games behind New York for the wild card.

The wild card...yes...that would do nicely...

Anyway, the game's on ESPN tonight, a rare treat for those of us following the Angels from outside Orange County.