Calvin

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Angels fan. Dodgers fan. Married to a Cubs fan. The enemy. Not the enemy.

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Lackey Pissed About Lack Of Offense

I don't think it's possible for it to get any clearer than Lackey put it in this Bill Shaikin piece in today's Times:

Mariners First $100M Team To 100 Losses?

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Stephen Nelson, formerly of Mariners Wheelhouse, dropped me a line recently to point out an interesting fact: the M's might be the first $100M payroll team to reach 100 losses. Zach Greinke of the Royals held the M's scoreless through seven, and Kansas City pitching generally limited the team to three hits. With Jarrod Washburn shut down due to an abdominal injury, and one of their key RBI men, Adrian Beltre, down for the season due to shoulder and hand injuries, the M's are looking pretty weak. Seattle is currently 57-95; to reach 100 losses they would have to lose five of their remaining ten games, four of which are against the Angels. From division contender to August elimination to possibly the worst dollars-per-win figure in major league baseball history. Wow.

Lyman Bostock Documentary This Weekend

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Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News points us at an ESPN/ESPN News documentary airing this Sunday (6 am on ESPN, 9 am on ESPN News) revisiting the murder of Lyman Bostock. Reporter Tom Rinaldi tracked down Leonard Smith, but it's not clear that he actually got an interview.

Orem's Roberto Lopez finishes the season with a .400 average

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Roberto Lopez of the Orem Owlz finished the Pioneer League season with a .400 average. The San Diego native and Pioneer League Most Valuable Player tops the statistics columns in several offensive categories, including average, hits (108), doubles (28), RBIs (72), runs (68), on-base percentage (.481) and slugging percentage (.668). He is tied for second in the league with teammate Angel Castillo and Helena's Brock Kjeldgaard with 14 home runs. Orem's Luis Jimenez leads the pack with 15. The former USC product is a 25th-round pick in this year's draft.

Gee, Torii, That Wall Tastes Terrific!

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Torii Hunter hit the wall hard in Friday's game, and got to eat a piece of it making that great catch to rob Marlon Byrd of a two-run homer. Doug Padilla's blog: "It was pretty painful," Hunter said. "I wish I could describe it, but I think you saw my facial expression afterward. I was in pain. ... That was one of my favorites because I went face first and everybody was talking about me. It felt like Mike Tyson hit me. It was pretty ludicrous." And if that wasn't enough, Hunter said the wall tasted like "collard greens." He suggested the team install a strawberry flavored wall in the near future.

Boston Shuts Down Beckett

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The Red Sox have scratched Josh Beckett from his next start, and have sent him to see Dr. James Andrews about numbness and tingling in his elbow. (For what it's worth, that reminds me of the symptoms the Dodgers' Brad Penny complained of about two years ago before becoming steadily ineffective.) The side effects could include a postseason without the Sawx and Yankees, with the Angels, Chisox, and Rays taking their respective divisions, and the Twins winning the AL Wild Card.

Mariners one game away from elimination

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Bob Timmermann at The Griddle points out that the Mariners' division elimination number is now one (one Angels victory or one loss by the Mariners). They will be the first team eliminated from any division race; the current standings show the 47-85 Nationals with a worse record than Seattle (50-82), but the spread in the NL East is tighter.

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Rays Lose Longoria, Crawford

Injuries bedevil the Rays, as both Carl Crawford (right middle finger tendon injury) and Evan Longoria (broken wrist, thank you, J.J. Putz) hit the 15-day DL, Longoria retroactive to Friday.

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All Your Division Titles Are Belong To... The NL Central?

I don't know how I stumbled into this, but somebody over at Red Reporter was whinging about the long six-team NL Central division, because it takes away postseason opportunities for teams in that...

Manny And Mr. TP

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Manny being Manny. Something to, uh, savor between now and Fenway.

Kendry Morales Makes His First Rehab Start

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Kendry Morales made his first rehab start for the AZL Angels after spending all but three days of June and the first part of July on the DL. He went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

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Tom Kotchman Wins His 1,500th Game

Tom Kotchman, Casey's father, won his 1,500th game as a manager last night, beating the Dodgers' Pioneer League affiliate team, the Ogden Raptors, 5-3 in ten innings on the road.

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Latest dates the Cubs have had the best record in MLB

Al asked earlier in the thread about Friday's game when the last time was that the Cubs had actually had the best record this late in the majors. I thought it would be interesting to look into...

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Lackey's Final Rehab Game A Success

John Lackey threw what will probably be his last rehab game in extended spring training today, and it was a success. "He maintained his stuff the whole way," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said...

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Ex-Angels GM Buzzie Bavasi Passes

Can't believe this hasn't been posted, but former Angels GM Buzzie Bavasi passed away at the age of 93 today, according to the AP. Bavasi ran the ship from 1978-1984, the Halos' first heyday when...

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M's extend Johjima

Robothal is reporting Seattle has extended the contract of their starting catcher, Kenji Johjima, for another three years. That means he'll be with the team through 2011, playing out his age 35...

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anaheim.angels.mlb.com goes away

I know this is incredibly picayune, but at some point in the last 24 hours, mlb.com stopped redirecting requests for anaheim.angels.mlb.com to losangeles.angels.mlb.com, so now you go to the...

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A's Unload Danny Haren For Prospects

Oakland is, depending on your viewpoint, either reloading or rebuilding, trading Danny Haren to Arizona. "In exchange, Oakland will receive a total of six prospects, including outfielder Carlos...

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Glendon Rusch Signed To Minor League Deal

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports writes that the Padres have signed Glendon Rusch to a minor league deal.

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Whitey Herzog Comes Thisclose To Cooperstown

Whitey Herzog, one of two former Angel managers up this year for induction to the Hall of Fame, narrowly missed cadging enough votes to get in, with a 68.8% tally.

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Madrigal, Green, Rodriguez Added To 40-Man

Warner Madrigal, Nick Green, and Sean Rodriguez were added to the 40-man roster yesterday.

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Carl Crawford To Miss Angels Series

Tampa Bay starting LF Carl Crawford (and certainly one of the fastest men in the game) will  likely miss the whole Angels series after pulling his groin on Saturday.

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Glaus done for the year

Troy Glaus is done for the year:

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Angels 3B Production

Here's a fun little exercise that came out of this BTF link to a U.S.S. Mariner post defending the value of Adrian Beltre's contract almost two years out.

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Tiebreaker coin flip results

Not that anybody much cares in the AL, but MLB just released the results of the coin tosses for postseason playoff games in the event of a tie.

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Rotation health, key to the Cubbie postseason?

Jon Weisman seems to think so in his latest piece at Sports Illustrated:

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Given up on Ervin? The Angels Haven't

Looks like the Angels are still thinking about Ervin Santana as next Monday's starter.

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Santana Has Probably Made His Last Start

Just a brief paragraph at the end of Mike DiGiovanna's game recap tonight:

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Whomp: Rangers 30, Orioles 3

Now that's a football score.

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GA As Prep Basketball Superman

Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts used to write about prep sports for the Daily News about two or three careers ago, and he resurrects an old December 12, 1989 column about an up-and-coming young...

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