Angels Draft Looks Promising, Sweeping Seattle.  Halolinks

Dejected -- and ejected -- Mariners swept by Angels - Seattlepi.com
Frustrations finally spilled over Sunday for the struggling Seattle Mariners, who saw both Chone Figgins and Don Wakamatsu ejected early in a 9-4 defeat (Video: Wakamatsu, Figgins ejected between innings), their third straight to the Los Angeles Angels to cap a lost weekend at Safeco Field. Figgins, fighting through the woes of a .220 start to his first season in Seattle, grounded out to end the second inning, took the field to begin the third and was waved over and ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Turns out Figgins had been upset by a questionable 3-1 strike call by Timmons and barked at the ump from first base as he was leaving the field.Spotted a 3-1 lead, Jason Vargas wasn't able to hold the line against the soaring Angels, who have now won eight of their last nine games to revive their own season at 31-28."It was a tough series," Figgins said. "You'd like to squeeze out a couple games, but they put it to us."

Video highlights: Kendrick cracks an RBI triple in the gap - Howard Kendrick drives the ball into the gap in right, plating Erick Aybar and winding up on third base with an RBI triple.  Quinlan makes a grab in foul territory - Robb Quinlan makes a great catch in foul territory, retiring Josh Wilson in the bottom of the fourth.  Gutierrez makes a clutch diving grab - Franklin Gutierrez makes a diving, shoestring grab in center, getting the Mariners out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam.  Napoli nails a go-ahead two-run home run - Mike Napoli hits a clutch two-run home run, giving the Angels a 6-4 advantage in the top of the seventh inning.

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Angels-Athletics Preview - 6/7/10 - FOX Sports on MSN
The Los Angeles Angels have won five straight games overall and five in a row at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and that's where starter Scott Kazmir is enjoying a 14-inning scoreless streak.Kazmir (4-5, 5.86 ERA) is 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA in his last seven starts at the Coliseum, and his 2.66 ERA there is his second-lowest ERA at any current ballpark. He didn't allow a run in winning two outings at Oakland last season. Ben Sheets (2-4, 5.00) will face the Angels for the second time this season. Sheets gave up three runs over six innings and did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss April 10. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six home starts this year. Angels manager Mike Scioscia will rejoin the club after missing the last two games due to his daughter's high school graduation.

Los Angeles Angels Are Poised to Stock Up at Baseball Draft - WSJ.com
While the team is barely playing above .500, it's not far back in the AL West and is in good position in the MLB draft, which begins Monday night. The Angels have five of the first 40 picks, four of those coming from the departures of pitcher John Lackey and infielder Chone Figgins.

If you haven't heard, the First Year Player draft is today.

 

Draft Preview: Angels armed and ready | angelsbaseball.com: News
Having beefed up their outfield while enhancing their pitching in last year's Draft, the Angels figure to go for athletes and arms again. They'd like to add more power. The Angels have a history of selecting high school players, both position players and pitchers. No players from the past three Drafts have reached the big leagues.

Scout.com: Draft Disasters: Top Ten Busts Since 1980
Baseball’s draft is far less predictable than its other professional counterparts. A first round selection is hardly a guarantee to perform at the premier level. Even with these lackluster expectations, there have been some disappointments. Tyson Qualls breaks down the top ten picks that have embarrassed management and made fools out of the scouting department.

Thankfully, there are no Angel blunders on this list, but there are some names that you may have complete forgotten about.

Los Angeles Angels - Team Report - Yahoo! Sports
3B Brandon Wood went hitless in four at-bats again Sunday and is now batting just .083 (2-for-24) in the first six games of his minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Salt Lake. Wood is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday.
49 - Runs scored by the Angels in the first seven games following 1B Kendry Morales' broken ankle. Morales led the team in average (.290), home runs (11) and RBI (39) at the time of his injury but the Angels were averaging only 4.35 runs per game.
Quote To Note: "I wish we could figure out our offense." —Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke, on the way the team's offense has improved since the loss of its most dangerous hitter, 1B Kendry Morales.

Kendry?  Kendry who?  And what's up with Brandon Wood?  .083?  Yikes.

Why More Perfect Games?
Better defense?

Interesting chart, but there may be more to it than that.

NYY@TOR: Ump, mascot give the ballboy a hard time - Third-base umpire Gary Darling and Blue Jays mascot Ace give the ballboy a hard time after he interferes with a fair ball.

June 7 - BR Bullpen
1973 - The Texas Rangers select high school pitching phenom David Clyde with the first overall pick in the 1973 amateur draft and will bring him straight to the major leagues, a move that will have a detrimental impact on his future. Dave Winfield, picked fourth overall by the San Diego Padres, will also go straight to the major leagues, but with much better results; Winfield was also taken in the NBA and NFL drafts. John Stearns is taken second by the Philadelphia Phillies (and was also picked in the NFL draft), and the Milwaukee Brewers, picking third, take Robin Yount, who will be their starting shortstop by the 1974 Opening Day.
1982 - In the annual June draft, the Chicago Cubs select Shawon Dunston with the first pick; Dwight Gooden is the fifth overall, taken by the New York Mets; the |Boston Red Sox, with three first round picks, use their first on Sam Horn.The Angels go for a two-sport star, taking Kirk McCaskill, the first college player taken in NHL draft.
R.I.P.
1941 - Alabama Pitts, minor league outfielder (b. 1906 or 1910) whose best friend was North Dakota Sucks.

Who's getting laid?  Mike Napoli, that's who:

Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS 5 2 4 1 1 0 0 .256
Howard Kendrick, 2B 6 0 2 1 0 1 6 .261
Bobby Abreu, RF 6 0 0 0 0 1 4 .265
Torii Hunter, CF 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 .287
Hideki Matsui, DH 5 2 2 1 0 1 3 .263
Mike Napoli, C 5 3 4 2 0 1 0 .269
Juan Rivera, LF 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .234
Kevin Frandsen, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .417
Robb Quinlan, 1B 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 .158
Totals 47 9 18 8 1 7    
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (13, Vargas), Torii Hunter (19, Vargas), Juan Rivera (9, Aardsma), Robb Quinlan 2 (2, Vargas, Kelley)
3B - Howard Kendrick (1, French)
HR - Hideki Matsui (9, Vargas), Mike Napoli (9, Kelley)
RBI - Erick Aybar (10), Howard Kendrick (36), Torii Hunter (39), Hideki Matsui (33), Mike Napoli 2 (25), Juan Rivera (25), Robb Quinlan (1)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar (1), Howard Kendrick (10), Torii Hunter (11), Hideki Matsui (13), Robb Quinlan (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Rivera 1
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 .358
Chone Figgins, 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .220
    Matt Tuiasosopo, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 2 4 .176
Franklin Gutierrez, CF 5 0 1 0 0 2 3 .289
Jose Lopez, 3B 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .242
Milton Bradley, DH 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 .211
Josh Wilson, SS 5 0 2 1 0 0 3 .301
Casey Kotchman, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .194
Eliezer Alfonzo, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .389
Michael Saunders, LF 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .222
Totals 38 4 12 4 4 7    
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (11, Pineiro), Franklin Gutierrez (9, Pineiro), Milton Bradley (6, Pineiro), Josh Wilson (5, Rodney)
3B - Josh Wilson (2, Pineiro)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (15), Jose Lopez (24), Milton Bradley (21), Josh Wilson (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (9), Milton Bradley (11), Josh Wilson (5)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Jose Lopez (6, Throwing), Matt Tuiasosopo (5, Dropped line drive)
 
Los Angeles Angels
Joel Pineiro (W,4-6) 6 9 4 4 3 5 0 5.23
Kevin Jepsen (H,12) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.85
Fernando Rodney (H,7) 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.82
Francisco Rodriguez 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
IBB - Suzuki by Joel Pineiro
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 107-66, Kevin Jepsen 7-6, Fernando Rodney 21-14, Francisco Rodriguez 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-4, Kevin Jepsen 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-2, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 29, Kevin Jepsen 3, Fernando Rodney 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Seattle Mariners
Jason Vargas 6 10 4 3 0 4 1 3.06
Shawn Kelley (L,3-1) 0.2 4 2 2 0 1 1 4.09
Garrett Olson 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7.36
Brandon League 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.69
David Aardsma 0.2 3 3 3 0 0 0 5.21
Luke French 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 106-72, Shawn Kelley 32-22, Garrett Olson 6-2, Brandon League 13-9, David Aardsma 23-14, Luke French 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 2-14, Brandon League 1-0, David Aardsma 1-1, Luke French 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 30, Shawn Kelley 6, Garrett Olson 2, Brandon League 3, David Aardsma 5, Luke French 2
 
Game Information
Attendance - 33076
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez
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