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Colon starts off road trip

Angels eye a Texas-sized lead

Fresh off a Freeway Series sweep of the Dodgers, preceded by a sweep of the Rangers, the Angels are in high gear as they open a four-game series in Arlington on Monday.

Bartolo Colon will seek his 10th win and his fourth consecutive quality start. Colon is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA in June and has won his last nine decisions against the Rangers.

Left-hander C.J. Wilson will start for the home team. Wilson, 24, made his first Major League start June 19, yielding nine hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals. The Newport Beach native was called up from Double-A on June 11.

Garret Anderson hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning Sunday to give him 1,000 career RBIs and the Angels a 5-3 win over the Dodgers.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Bartolo Colon
• 9-4, 2.99 ERA in 2005
• 2-0, 2.84 ERA vs. TEX in 2005

TEX: LHP C.J. Wilson
• 0-1, 5.40 ERA in 2005
• Has never faced LAA

Players to watch
Rod Barajas is 0-for-18 in his career against Colon with five strikeouts, while Richard Hidalgo is 1-for-14 (.071) against Colon and is 10-for-64 (.156) in his last 19 games.

"I've done that before. There's nothing to be nervous about or worried about." -- Anderson on his clutch hit Sunday

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• TEX: kdfi-27

On radio
• LAA: KSPN 710 AM; KTNQ 1020 AM (Español)
• TEX: KRLD 1080 AM; KFLC 1270 AM (Español)

Quick hits
The Angels drew 132,192 fans to their leg of the Freeway Series, setting an Angel Stadium record for attendance of a three-game series. ... Maicer Izturis was 8-for-9 (.421) on the homestand and stole two bases Sunday. ... Since Mike Scioscia took over as manager, the Halos are 23-13 against the Dodgers.

On deck
• Tuesday: at Rangers, 5:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: at Rangers, 5:05 p.m. PT
• Thursday: at Rangers, 11:05 a.m. PT

Mark Thoma is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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