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Angels DH evasive about power surge

Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, right, runs past Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo. Guerrero scored twice in the Angels' 5-3 victory Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, right, runs past Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo. Guerrero scored twice in the Angels' 5-3 victory Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

May 7, 2008

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— Exactly what brought Garret Anderson out of a frightful early-season slump and put him on a power surge remains a mystery.

"You just wouldn't understand," Anderson politely but firmly told reporters Tuesday night after driving in every run in the California Angels' 5-3 victory over Kansas City.

"It would be very hard to explain," said Anderson. "But there was an adjustment, yeah. It would be very hard to explain it."

After going almost two weeks without driving in a run, Anderson has two homers and seven RBIs in two games in Kansas City. He had a two-run shot Monday night and victimized Brian Bannister (3-4) for a three-run drive Tuesday that tied it 3-all in the fourth.

Then he made it 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth and 5-3 with a second RBI single in the seventh.

Anderson did say the adjustment was not mechanical.

So did something suddenly just "click?"

"You just wouldn't understand," repeated the 14-year veteran who holds Angels records for RBIs, games and hits.

Anderson was so hot, he was hitting Bannister even when he wasn't supposed to.

"That last at-bat, I was trying to pitch around him," said Bannister. "He still managed to jam himself and still get a hit."

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