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THURSDAY ANGELS ROUNDUP: Roy Halladay A Halo Today? Trade Deadline Deals Will Happen

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Angels 9, Indians 3 -
Aaron Laffey and the Cleveland Indians watched another game and another star slip away. Hours after trading Cliff Lee, the Indians lost to the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 Wednesday. Howie Kendrick homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and John Lackey easily outpitched Laffey.

Scioscia will be cautious on artificial turf -
"You definitely have to work harder to run on it because it has a sponge to it and while I think guys that play on it every day get used to it, when your not, you are going to feel some muscles that you never knew you had," said Scioscia.

Team Reports -
With the trade deadline approaching, the Angels have been in the market for an ace. But their in-house ace is starting to look like one again. Right-hander John Lackey held the Indians to one run on three hits while striking out eight in seven innings Wednesday, the sixth time in his last seven starts Lackey has allowed two runs or fewer. In six starts this month, he is 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.

Team Reports II -
With Wednesday's victory, the Angels are batting .312 (273 for 874) in July. That would be their highest average for a month since they hit .319 as a team in June 2007. Their five-run fifth inning Wednesday was the 13th time in the last 22 games they have scored four runs or more in an inning.

Deal for Roy Halladay appears unlikely - Los Angeles Times
General Manager Tony Reagins said the likelihood of the Angels acquiring a pitcher before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline "is probably 50-50 right now," but he would not specify whether he's zeroing in on an ace, a middle-of-the-rotation starter or a reliever.

Obstacles aplenty in any potential Halladay deals -
Trade deadline translation: Less than 48 hours until Friday's non-waivers trade deadline, Ricciardi's gut is telling him that it doesn't like what the Angels, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are offering.

Trade Central: 2009 MLB trade deadline -
Deadline trades that could have an impact prior to the July 31 deadline:

NBC Sports - Trade talk: Roundup of Wednesday's rumors
With Cliff Lee off to the Phillies, and Matt Holliday already making himself at home in St. Louis, the trade market has lost a bit of luster. But there is still a lot going on out there as we march closer to Friday's trade deadline. Let's take a look at what's going on:

Halladay staying, Washburn going? - Sports Rumors - Yahoo! Sports
Even though the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox would all like to add Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay(notes) to their rotations, it's looking like Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi may end up keeping his ace.

Kazmir’s Value - FanGraphs Baseball
Over the six starts Kazmir has made since coming off the DL, Kazmir has thrown 35 1/3 IP, walked 12, struck out 27, and allowed just five home runs. Before landing on the DL, he had a 29/35 BB/K in 45 innings over nine starts. The rest certainly did him some good.

This is the pitcher (or at least, one of the pitchers) I think the Angels will end up trading for.

Hang on, Sloopy, er, Tony, hang on - Angels Unplugged - Los Angeles Times
My advice to Angels GM Tony Reagins is to hang on and hang in, especially now that the front-runners for a prospective Roy Halladay deal, the Philadelphia Phillies, are no longer in play.

Baseball Digest Daily Blog - 2003’s Trade Deadline Shows Living For Today Is Right… Even When It Is Wrong
Since it still might be too early to evaluate last year’s player-for-prospects deals and such moves aren’t always plentiful, the best time frame to look at is July 2003 when eight three-for-one deals were made. While these weren’t the only trades made that season, these are the moves most often criticized and critiqued.

Interesting article about how prospects traded at the deadline don't always (usually?) do much.

A Glance at Greatness: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim All-Time Team - Bleacher Report
Year Established: 1961

I don't know why this was written at this point of the season, but it's one writers list of all-time Angels.

Mike Scioscia: The Best Manager in Baseball - Bleacher Report
The reason Reagins is never talked about is because he's not the Angels. The scouting, the talent, the strategy, and the chemistry all come from a single foundation. That foundation is to listen to manager Mike Scioscia.

What’s past is prologue -- The Hardball Times
Roll up your sleeves; there's going to be some math in this one. Let's talk about regression to the mean.

Regression to the mean has been brought up here at HH a few times, here's a good explanation.

The Baseball Analysts: Designated Hitter
The Staticky Charm of AM Radio There's something human in static. Record collectors are fond of saying vinyl recordings have a warmer sound than their digital brethren, but I think the real humanity is in the airwaves.

July 30 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 30.
1972 - The Angels beat Kansas City, 4-3, when Bob Oliver hits a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against his former team. The win goes to Lloyd Allen, relegated to the bullpen after five straight losses as a starter. Allen's batterymate, Jack Hiatt, is 1-for-1 after taking over in the late innings. Hiatt, purchased yesterday from the Astros, appears without a number on his uniform since there was not enough time to sew one on.
1991: The Angels trade 3B Jack Howell to the Padres for OF Shawn Abner.
1995 - Chili Davis of the Angels is charged with disorderly conduct following California's 8-3 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Davis allegedly slapped a fan who was taunting him. Chili also had a hit in the game.