I'm speechless. Here are your Halolinks:
- Today's word for the day is "MISERY": Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees - August 14, 2013 - MLB.com. "Since Sunday in Cleveland, the Angels have only known misery. With two outs in the fifth that afternoon at Progressive Field, Jerome Williams had faced only one over the minimum and the Angels held a five-run lead, setting themselves up for a three-game sweep. Then, almost instantly, the game unraveled. And ever since, the Angels haven't been able to regain their footing. They've now lost 14 of their last 19 overall, 13 of their last 16 on the road and nine of their last 11 at Yankee Stadium. They're 53-66, putting them a season-high 13 games below .500. To avoid their first 90-loss season since 1999, the Angels must do better than 19-24 the rest of the way." Jered Weaver has officially become a "Stepford Player" or "Scioscia Wife", take your pick: "It's pretty disappointing, especially after losing the last two here," Weaver said. "I wanted to come out here and have a good one, but it wasn't the case. Nothing I can do. I can't hang my head. Turn the page and concentrate on the next start."
- Thanks Jered, now we can't even count on you as one of the rare things Angels' fans can cheer for: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees - Aug 14, 2013 - CBSSports.com. "Weaver's dud came out of nowhere. The right-hander was 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his previous nine starts and had won four straight decisions. Missing his sharp stuff, he gave up nine runs (matching a career high) and nine hits over five innings as Los Angeles lost its fourth in a row. The reeling Angels have dropped eight of 10 and 14 of 19 overall."
- Whatever: Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees - August 14, 2013 - ESPN. "Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him a staggering 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. "I know it's not going to happen often," Soriano said. "I hope I feel the same way tomorrow."
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The Yankees have a chance to complete the sweep, win their fifth straight overall and close their homestand at 6-1. To do so, they'll need Phil Hughes to snap out of his slump. Hughes (4-11, 4.99 ERA) has struggled mightily all season at home, where he has posted a 6.18 ERA and served up 16 home runs in 12 games. He is 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA over his last six starts overall, and has given up 14 runs on 22 hits in his last 11 innings, spanning three outings.
- Bourjos expected to return to Angels on Friday - angels.com. "Bourjos, out since June 29 with a fractured right wrist, has gone 5-for-26 in six games for Salt Lake, with a homer, three doubles, two walks and 10 strikeouts. Mike Trout will mostly go back to left field when Bourjos is activated, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't anticipate much of a platoon situation, which means J.B. Shuck will primarily be the club's designated hitter and Kole Calhoun or Collin Cowgill -- or both, if neither are optioned -- will be on the bench." Within this post is this update on a recent signee: "Dontrelle Willis, signed off independent ball, pitched six innings of shutout ball in his debut for Salt Lake on Tuesday, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out five. "He's a high-energy guy, great clubhouse guy, fun to be around," Romine said. "He started out the first inning a little shaky, picked it up and started striking guys out left and right."
- Aybar sits; Angels recall Romine, option Maronde - Yahoo! Sports. "Romine made the big club out of spring training and went 3 for 23 (.130) in 16 games before he was demoted to the minors May 3. His brother is Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine, who was not in the lineup Wednesday."
- What it feels like to be an Angels' fan (part 1): LaTroy Hawkins fields a ball with his groin, apparently without a cup - MLB GIFS. LaTroy feels your pain:
- I thought this stat was interesting, but have no idea how it affects anything: Mike Trout Is Better, but Not MVP Better - Yahoo! Sports. "Much more often this year, the Angels are trailing, which cuts down the running game. And last season, nearly half of Trout's at-bats, 268 out of 559, came with nobody out. This year, he has batted 134 times with no outs, 185 times with one out and 135 times with two out. He runs as effectively as ever, but game situations this year aren't as conducive to running. "
- More Trout money talk: Mike Trout and the inevitable contract negotiation - Beyond the Box Score. "This article isn't about how wonderful Mike Trout is; however, because, well frankly I bet you're a little tired of articles that simply sing his praises. Instead, I want to look at the question hanging over the head of Angels' GM Jerry Dipoto: What will it take to sign Trout to an extension?"
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- Bud Selig sounds like a one of those jerky parents who could care less about their kids: Joe Torre sends instant replay proposal to MLB executive committee - ESPN. ""I thought it was very thoughtful and well done," Selig said Wednesday evening. "We'll discuss it in more detail tomorrow. We haven't even discussed it." And then he pats little Joey on the head and hangs the proposal on the refrigerator door.
- No one cares about the Angels' reporters, but one of their former guys gets the nod as worst Dodger writer: The Best And Worst Baseball Beat Reporters, According To You. "Worst: ESPN's Mark Saxon "whose writing truly captures the daily schlep of being a beatwriter. The guy doesn't seem to enjoy his job and enjoys covering Dodgers even less."
- The Angels get J.C., the Dodgers get The Beard. No wonder the clubs are in the positions they are: Dodgers likely to call up Brian Wilson this weekend - CBSSports.com. "Wilson, 31, signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles last month. He's made four tune-up appearances in their minor league system, allowing just one base-runner while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. He has yet to pitch on back-to-back days, but Mattingly indicated that wasn't a big priority."
- How it feels to be an Angels' fan (Part 2):
- No, he's no that short: This Soccer Photo Is An Incredible Optical Illusion. Mathieu Valbuena: