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Lost In Ervin Santana's No-Hitter: Angels Remain On Fire

The big story from the day in baseball wasn't the Colby Rasmus trade to Toronto, or the pending Carlos Beltran trade to the Giants, nor was it the aftermath of Jerry Meals blowing a call in the 19th inning in Atlanta last night. Ervin Santana stole the show by pitching the ninth no-hitter in Angels history, beating the Indians 3-1 in Cleveland. However, lost in even that was that the Angels remained on fire, to keep pace with Texas in the American League West.

The Angels have won three straight series, and an amazing 11 of their last 12 series. Since June 13, the Angels are 26-12, a .684 winning percentage second only in baseball to the Phillies at 25-11 (.694). The Angels are two and a half games behind the Rangers, who play tonight against the Twins.

But for now, let the Angels celebrate. They open a four-game series in Detroit Thursday night, but tonight is a night to celebrate. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels already started, in a decidedly baseball way:

Waiting in front of Santana's locker after he showered -- 4 bottles of champagne chilling in emptied plastic buckets of Double Bubble gum.

Baseball is awesome.

For more news and information on Ervin Santana or the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.