THURSDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Angels Sloppy Play, Scioscia #3

Up next for Angels: Thursday vs. Baltimore - Los Angeles Times
John Lackey vs. Jeremy Guthrie

Blunders cost Angels in loss to Rangers - OCRegister.com
The biggest mistake of the night might have been made in the dugout. Manager Mike Scioscia sent pitching coach Mike Butcher out to talk to pitcher Justin Speier in the bottom of the ninth and decided to let Speier pitch to Hank Blalock with two outs, first base open, the go-ahead run on second — and 23-year-old rookie Julio Borbon with five big-league at-bats on deck.

A huge second-guess, and sloppy, sloppy, sloppy - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
First base was open, and in the on-deck circle was Julio Borbon, a rookie who has one major league hit in his young career. Would the Rangers have pinch-hit for him? Maybe, but so what? You absolutely, positively had to walk Blalock in that spot.

Mike Scioscia, Angels - Survey: Most Popular Managers - SI.com
The former Dodgers catcher has led the Angels to five AL West titles in 10 seasons.

Mentor Abreu a daily influence - Lyle Spencer - MLB.com
Bobby Abreu is not just a source of walks, base-hits, runs scored and RBIs. He's an endlessly rewarding source of information, insights and perspective for younger teammates of all shapes, positions and nationalities.

Pirates Open To More Deals?: MLB Rumors
He cites "an official of an AL team" as saying that the Bucs have been "considering deals for [John] Grabow and closer Matt Capps."

Could it be the Angels?

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