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FRIDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Santana Returns, Tony C. Sings

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Up next for the Angels: Friday vs. Baltimore - Los Angeles Times
Ervin Santana returns from the disabled list to take on David Hernandez.

Trade Rumors?

Angels GM Tony Reagins doesn't see a deal for pitching on the horizon - Los Angeles Times
"There's nothing that I see on the horizon right now," Reagins said. "We've talked a lot to a lot of different clubs. But . . . I'm not any closer to a trade than I was a month ago."

Relief from the Giants? - Angels blog -
I’m wondering whether somebody is going to swoop in and make a trade for Brandon Medders (3.13 ERA) or Justin Miller (2.27 ERA). Or, if they can take on salary, Bobby Howry (3.86).

Sam Miller has an idea...sounds like a good idea.

Team News:

Angels announce signing of Mike Trout -
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim officially announced the contract singing of Millville graduate Mike Trout, on Thursday. Trout's deal included a 1.215 million signing bonus, according to an Angels' official.

Team Reports - MLB at
Rookie Sean O'Sullivan doesn't have any overpowering pitches, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia knows what he likes about the burly right-hander. "Sean is a very confident young pitcher," Scioscia said. "Although he's 21, his makeup is well beyond that. When you look at his minor league history, there's one thing that jumps out at you -- he wins."

New plan for Angels' Santana - LA Daily News
The optimist in manager Mike Scioscia still believes that Ervin Santana can return to the impressive pitcher the right-hander was a season ago. Realistically, when Santana returns tonight from his second stint on the disabled list, the Angels should be happy to get an innings eater who can show flashes of his old brilliance on occasion.

Cuban Defectors...worked before:

Aroldis Chapman, top Cuban pitcher, defects - ESPN
Aroldis Chapman, a Cuban considered by many scouts to be the best left-handed pitching prospect in the world, has defected from the national team"I walked out easily, right through the hotel door, and I hopped into a car and left," Chapman told "It was easy. Now the plan is to sign with a major league team."

Kendry Morales: The Angels' Most Overlooked All-Star - Bleacher Report
In roughly the same amount of time, Morales is putting up nearly identical numbers to Teixeira during his run with the Angels last season. The difference is at 29, Tex has reached the height of his abilities, while Morales, at 26, will only continue to get better. Through the first three months of the season, Morales has belted 13 home runs with 41 RBI. Teixeira had the same number of big flies for the Angels after the trade deadline last year, with only two more runs batted in.

Other Stuff:

Angels prospect wins HR Derby - Angels blog -
Double-A first baseman Mark Trumbo edged Chris Carter, 11-10, to win the Home Run Derby contest before Wednesday’s Texas League All-Star Game.

Scioscia's catching dilemma - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
Does he go with Mike Napoli's obviously stronger bat, or Jeff Mathis' clearly superior glove? Do you lean toward the guy who gives a home run-challenged team some badly needed extra power? Or do you stick with the guy who seems to bring out the best in the team's pitchers?

July 3 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 3.

This is something I recently found. A "This Day In Baseball History".

Thanks to BBTF' Newstand for this: