One day after the
Los Angeles Angels
celebrated another special moment in their already successful season,
looks to match a personal milestone as the hosts try to conclude a four-game sweep of the
on Sunday afternoon.
It's been quite a week for Los Angeles (91-57), which clinched the AL West on Wednesday and celebrated closer
's major league-record 58th save of the season in a 5-2 win over Seattle on Saturday night.
"It's been an amazing year,'' said Rodriguez, who broke
's record of 57 set in 1990.
With Rodriguez out of the spotlight, the focus turns to Santana (15-6, 3.36 ERA), another of the Angels' success stories in
Santana's comeback from a disappointing 2007 season continues as he again tries to match a career high for victories. He has
had little trouble bouncing back from last year when he followed up a 16-win season in 2006 by going 7-14 with a 5.76 ERA
Things went so bad for Santana last season that he was sent down to the minors for the month in July to work out his problems.
This year, though, he's enjoyed plenty of success and posted four straight winning decisions prior to taking the loss in the
Angels' 7-1 defeat to the
New York Yankees
Santana allowed five earned runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings against to Yankees as he fell to 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA over
his last eight games.
"Ervin had good stuff and pitched better than the line score," manager
told the Angels' official Web site.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 starts versus Seattle and 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three outings against the Mariners
had four hits with three RBIs while
was 2-for-4 in his return from a two-game suspension as the Angels improved to 10-4 versus Seattle this season.
Rivera is 6-for-11 in the series for Los Angeles, which has won four in a row and six of seven overall.
went 0-for-3 on Saturday and will play his final game of 2008 in this contest after deciding to undergo thumb and shoulder
surgeries next week. Plagued by injuries most of the season, Beltre, in the fourth year of a five-year, $64 million contract,
said that he wants to be 100 percent by spring training.
"Everyone I talked to basically asked why I was still playing,'' said Beltre, who is batting .268 with 25 homers and 77 RBIs.
(9-10, 3.41) is likely happy to be facing another team besides Texas after dropping his last two starts - both against the
The right-hander allowed six runs, six hits and hit three batters during a 4 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Texas on Tuesday.
"It was a horrible night for me,'' Hernandez said. "I've never been like this.''
Hernandez is 3-4 with a 4.83 ERA in 10 starts against Los Angeles and 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in two starts versus the Angels