Kennedy hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the
Angels a 4-2 victory over the AL Central-leading Twins on Sunday.
It came two days after his tiebreaking two-run shot helped beat the
"I think Adam Kennedy is the Rally Monkey," Minnesota
outfielder Torii Hunter said in reference to the Angels' video
mascot. "The Rally Monkey lives within him. If you get rid of Adam
Kennedy, the Rally Monkey is no more."
Kennedy has hit three other home runs against the Twins -- all of
them in the 2002 AL championship series clincher, earning him MVP
honors for that series.
Jose Guillen doubled home the tying run in the sixth for his
100th RBI of the season, and Troy Glaus went 0-for-2 with two walks
in his first game back after being sidelined for more than 3½
months with a shoulder injury.
Kennedy drove a 3-2 slider down and in from Juan Rincon (10-6)
deep into the right-field porch for his ninth home run and first
walkoff homer of his career after a one-out walk to Glaus.
"This was the last game against them and we won't see those
guys no more, so he decided to go deep and leave us thinking about
the ALCS -- because it might happen again," Hunter said. "But I'll
tell you what -- in the ALCS, he won't get a pitch to hit. I hope
not. He's hurting us."
Glaus, who underwent shoulder surgery on May 21, was activated
from the 60-day disabled list following a five-game rehab
assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
The three-time All-Star third baseman and MVP of the 2002 World
Series was injured when he dived in an attempt to stop a double by
Hunter at Minnesota on April 30. He stayed in the lineup for nine
more games as a DH until May 11, when he sprained his right knee
while striking out at Yankee Stadium.
"I was surprised, but it's good to see him healthy and back in
the lineup," Escobar said. "Everybody knows how important he is
to this team."
A roar went up from the shocked sellout crowd at Angel Stadium
when Glaus' name was announced in the starting lineup. He batted
seventh, and received a standing ovation before lining out to left
on the second pitch.
J.C. Romero, who hadn't allowed a run in 27 innings since his
two-week demotion to Triple-A Rochester ended on June 25, gave
Glaus the ultimate show of respect by intentionally walking him
with a runner at second and first base open in the sixth. Kennedy
fouled out to end the inning.
"That's the kind of player Troy is," Kennedy said. "Troy's
been known throughout his career as a guy who has good at-bats late
in the game. Regardless of how long he's been out, he can hurt you
with one swing of the bat. And they're aware of that."
Carlos Silva left after five innings because of a strained neck.
He allowed a run and four hits, but the bullpen couldn't protect
his 2-1 lead.
Guillen, who grounded into a force play out with the bases
loaded to end the third, tied it in the sixth with an RBI double
after a double by Vladimir Guerrero.
"Everybody had their own opinions about MVP, but Jose's
definitely on my list," Kennedy said. "He's the one guy who's
really helped this team stay strong through all the injuries."
In the third, Kennedy doubled and Chone Figgins followed with a
grounder that was booted by second baseman Augie Ojeda for an
error. Kennedy scored the game's first run on David Eckstein's
Figgins appeared to have avoided Ojeda's tag, and Angels manager
Mike Scioscia had a lengthy argument with second-base umpire Phil
Cuzzi before walking over to first-base ump Larry Poncino. After
Scioscia headed toward Poncino -- who was in a better position to
see the play -- Cuzzi took offense and ejected Scioscia.
Nine of Guillen's RBI have tied the score and 21 have put
the Angels ahead -- the same numbers as Guerrero. ... The Angels
placed DH Tim Salmon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to
Aug. 24, and optioned right-handed reliever Matt Hensley to
Triple-A Salt Lake. Infielder Adam Riggs was recalled from Salt
Lake and outfielder Barry Wesson was designated for assignment.