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Vladimir Guerrero


Guerrero had a 44-game hitting streak against the Texas Rangers snapped in Saturday's 10-3 loss. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder walked his first four at-bats Saturday against Texas and finished 0-for-1. He's been walked 16 times this season and 186 times in his 11-year career.


Los Angeles' Guerrero was selected to his seventh All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting right fielder for the American League. Guerrero is batting .293 with 17 homers and 58 RBIs this season.


Guerrero had a single in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, snapping an 0-for-16 skid. It was his only hit in five at-bats and his first hit in four games. The outfielder's average was .322 on June 10, but has dropped to .296 with the recent skid. He does have 16 homers and 54 RBIs to lead the Angels.


Guerrero affirmed Friday he will not play in the World Baseball Classic. The Angels outfielder backed out of the inaugural event after the death of three of his first cousins in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Guerrero, the 2004 AL MVP, would have made a Dominican lineup even stronger.


Guerrero will be given Monday off from spring training activities after three of his first cousins were killed in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic Sunday. It's likely that the 2004 AL MVP will be back in camp Tuesday, as he is just days away from leaving the Angels to play in the World Baseball Classic.


Thursday brought good news and bad news for Guerrero. The Angels' star homered in his first two at-bats against Detroit -- giving him 31 homers and 101 RBI on the year -- but the right fielder had to leave in the sixth inning of an 8-6 loss with a jammed left shoulder. He was hurt trying to make a diving catch of Vance Wilson's double, injuring the same shoulder he dislocated in May.


While the Texas Rangers were throttling Angels hurlers for eight home runs on Thursday, Guerrero collected a homer of his own -- a third-inning solo shot off Rangers rookie Chris Young. The Angels' right fielder extended his hitting streak against Texas to 31 games. Facing the Rangers, Guerrero is a .438 hitter (56-for-128) with 13 doubles, 13 homers and an .844 slugging mark in 31 contests.


Guerrero's hitting streak against Texas has reached 30 games, after the Angels' right fielder collected a homer and two singles in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night. He is a lifetime .435 hitter (54-for-124) in his 30 games against Texas, with 13 doubles, 12 homers, 28 runs scored, 26 RBI and an .831 slugging mark.


Guerrero doubled home the game's first run in the first inning of the Angels' 5-1, 11-inning victory over Texas on Tuesday. With the hit, the Angels' right fielder extended his hitting streak against Texas to 29 games. He has hit safely in every game he has played against the Rangers, and he's 51-for-119 (.429) facing Texas hurlers. Guerrero has slugged .815 against them, with 13 doubles and 11 homers in 29 games.


Guerrero extended his hitting streak against Texas to 28 games on Monday night. The Angels' star stroked a pair of RBI doubles and a solo homer in a 13-3 romp over the Rangers, pushing his career average against them to .431 (50-for-116). With 12 doubles and 11 homers in those 28 games, Guerrero has a slugging mark of .819 against Texas.


Guerrero had two hits in five at-bats Wednesday to extend his hitting streak against the Texas Rangers to 27 games, the longest by any active player against one team. The Angels' right fielder has hit safely in all 27 games he has played against Texas, batting .420 (47-for-112) with 10 doubles, 10 homers and 21 RBI.


As anticipated, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated Guerrero from the disabled list before Friday's showdown with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. The star right fielder is returning from a partially dislocated left shoulder. He is batting .303 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 41 games for the Angels.

As expected the Angels have activated outfielder Vladamir Guerrero from the disabled list on Friday. Guerrero went on the DL after separating his shoulder when he slid into home plate on May 20 against the Dodgers. To make room for Guerrero, the team placed right handed starter Kelvim Escobar back on the 15-day DL.

Returning to the Angels' lineup for the first time since May 20, Guerrero went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in a 12-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday. The Angels' right fielder was on the disabled list for a partially dislocated left shoulder. He's now batting .312 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 41 games this season.


Guerrero had another impressive batting practice session on Wednesday, and it's all but certain that the Angels' star will be back in action Friday, when Los Angeles opens a weekend series in New York against the Mets. Guerrero, who has been out with a partially dislocated left shoulder since May 21, is batting .303 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 41 games for the Angels.


Guerrero is doing well in his rehab work for his partially dislocated left shoulder, and if he continues to progress, he could be back as soon as this weekend. The Angels' star, who went on the DL on May 21, has been cleared for soft toss and hitting off a tee. Guerrero had two sessions of 20 swings on Monday, and he may hit in a batting cage Tuesday.


In what was an encouraging sign of possibly a quick recovery by Guerrero, the reigning American League MVP was not wearing a sling to immobilize his injured left shoulder on Monday, and he did some light jogging before the Angels took batting practice. Guerrero said that he's confident he'll be ready to return in two weeks, while manager Mike Scioscia also was encouraged by what he saw Monday.


Guerrero was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after X-rays showed that the outfielder had suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder while sliding into home plate in the fifth inning of the Angels' win over the Dodgers Friday night. Guerrero will undergo an MRI exam early next week after the swelling in the shoulder goes down. Curtis Pride has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Guerrero's roster spot.

Despite coming out with a win on Friday night, the Angels may have suffered a major loss when Guerrero left the game in the fifth inning after jamming his left shoulder. Guerrero slid awkwardly into home plate, attempting to avoid a tag, and came up lame. Preliminary x-rays showed the jam, causing Guerrero to remain in a sling until the team can conduct further tests on the shoulder.


That bruised knee suffered on Tuesday couldn't keep Guerrero out of the Angels' lineup on Wednesday. The Angels' right fielder went 1-for-4 in a 7-5 loss to Texas.

Guerrero now has a 24-game hitting streak against the Rangers, which is the longest active streak by a player against another team. In those 24 games, Guerrero is 40-for-98 (.408) with eight doubles, nine homers, 22 runs scored and 16 RBI.


Guerrero bruised his right knee during a double steal in the Los Angeles Angels' game at Texas on Tuesday night. The Angels' right fielder stole third base on the third-inning play, then scampered home to score after a wild throw by catcher Rod Barajas. Guerrero didn't return to right field in the bottom of the inning.

The Angels' star is day-to-day. It would be unfortunate if Guerrero can't play in the final game of the series on Wednesday. He has a 23-game hitting streak against Texas, the longest active streak in the majors by a player against another team. In those 23 games, the current American League MVP has batted .415 and slugged .787, with eight doubles, nine homers, 22 runs scored and 16 RBI.