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Going to Anaheim? Head over to the Angels game; it's a better bet than any of the Disneyland rides. Los Angeles / Anaheim / California is 41-17 at home, the best record in the majors, plus no annoying Alyssa Milano to complain about the starting lineup. Then there's rookie Ryan Budde, whose double in the 10th brought home the winning run in the Angels' 7-6 win over the Yankees. Rally Monkey approves.

It was Budde's first RBI and first extra-base hit in the majors. Should we now play taps for the Yankees, who are five games behind the front-running Red Sox in the East? The Angels, meanwhile, are two games head of second-place Seattle in the West. Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run, so there's that, Yankees fans.


This Record Is Jenksed. It's not known whether Jim Barr was in attendance on Monday as Chicago's Bobby Jenks attempted to break the record for consecutive batters retired. No matter, the White Sox reliever entered the game in the ninth and gave up a single to Kansas City's Joey Gathright, as Jenks had to settle for sharing the record of 41 straight outs with the former Giants pitcher. He then went on to save Chicago's 4-3 win.

The Great Race. Rick Ankiel delivers again in a big way as St. Louis beats Chicago 6-4 to draw within three games of first ... the Cubs and Brewers are tied at the top. Ankiel threw out Ryan Theriot from left field trying for a triple in the first, and also hit his fourth home run. (Ed. Note: That throw was amazing ... and kind of made us a little sad. We'll get over it.)

Atlanta Agrees with Him. Mark Teixeira hit a pair of homers for the second consecutive game, leading the Braves over the Reds 14-4. Tim Hudson (15-5) kept his two-month unbeaten streak going.

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