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Lackey Beats Halos, Angel Still Oh-Fer-May. Halolinks

Pineiro solid, but Angels stifled by Lackey -
There was some familiar noise coming from the visitors' dugout. Lackey figured the voice belonged to Jered Weaver. "I heard dugout chirping a little bit," he said, "but it was probably Weav messing with me." The Angels' offense didn't mess with him much, apart from Wood's one swing and three shots by Howard Kendrick that turned into outs. "It felt good to put a run on the board," Wood said. "We hit balls hard, and they got caught. That's baseball. You've got to think the odds are going to change in our favor pretty soon." Kendrick had hits taken away by both left-side infielders, Beltre at third base and Marco Scutaro at shortstop, and also smoked a 400-foot out to center in the second inning with two runners aboard. "That's the way it's been going for us," Kendrick said, shrugging. "The way we're going everyone looks like Cy Young," Hunter said.

I wonder if Weaver's "chirping" contained anything about Lackey being a horse-faced bitch? Probably not. Anyway, here's some video from last night's embarrassment...Halos nearly turn three, settle for two - I thought this was a triple play as it looked like Beltre stepped on Morales' foot instead of first base. And then there's Matsui's throw home to get Marco Scutaro...Matsui throws Scutaro out at the plate - Kind of a cool looking play.

Angels-Red Sox Preview 5/6/10 - FOX Sports on MSN
Kazmir is 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 23 starts against the Red Sox and is coming off his best outing of the season. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in six innings while not receiving a decision in a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Saturday. Kazmir had a 7.20 ERA through his first three outings. Boston will counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 11.57), who had a tough season debut, giving up seven runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 12-9 loss to Baltimore on Saturday night. The right-hander spent all of April on the disabled list with a neck strain. Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Angels. Los Angeles continues to struggle at the plate, scoring two runs or fewer in four of its last five games. The Angels were held to a season-low two hits Wednesday, getting a solo homer from No. 9 hitter Brandon Wood.

This is the first time in Angels history they have gone winless the first 5 games of May.

Reagins: Angels are not going to panic - The Orange County Register
"We're searching to find the continuity we need and some consistency," Angels GM Tony Reagins said by phone Wednesday before his team went out and lost their season-high sixth consecutive game, their longest losing streak since April 2007. "But we know we have talented players. We know what they're capable of. We're confident they're going to be what we need them to be. It's a long season. We're not pushing any panic buttons."

Making a move to improve the club is considered pushing a panic button? Isn't it the job of the general manager to improve their team? I wish I could sit back at my job and say "I don't have to do anything, I believe things will take care of themselves."

Juan Rivera's non-catch gets assessed -
Manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday night's game that he still hadn't watched a replay of Hermida's hit, but Ron Roenicke, the bench coach who handles the outfielders, did. And what was the verdict? It was a hung jury in the mind of Roenicke, who said Rivera could have caught the ball, but he wasn't sure he should have caught it.

Here's some more double-speak, or whatever the Angels call it. Roenicke says Rivera could have caught the ball, but not sure if he should have caught it. I call bullshit. If Rivera could have caught the ball, he should have. He should catch every ball that comes his way. The only balls hit to left field Rivera shouldn't catch are the ones that leave the park.

2010 Baseball Draft Order - FOX Sports on MSN
2010 Baseball Draft Order

Some FYI for you draft geeks.

Milton Bradley asks Seattle Mariners for emotional help - FOX Sports on MSN
Milton Bradley, baseball's self-described bad guy, has asked his Seattle Mariners for help in dealing with what manager Don Wakamatsu says is "emotional stress'' from personal issues. Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that their fiery slugger is out indefinitely until he receives an outside assessment and a plan to address his issues. "It's come to a head,'' Zduriencik said. Several Mariners players described his mind set Tuesday night as "not good.''

In all honesty, I feel bad for Bradley. Sort of. A little.

Alabama gamer pitches his way to a million dollars - Plugged In - Yahoo! Games
It's the Holy Grail for pitchers, earning them a one-way ticket to sports immortality and a permanent spot in the history books. But for 24-year-old Wade McGilberry, there was a more, uh, practical motivation: $1 million, which is exactly how much the Alabama man just won for throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K10 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. "It was actually my wife who convinced me to go for it," he said in a statement. "I never thought I'd actually win a million dollars playing a video game, it's all still sinking in for me."

This might be the first time in history a video game player gets laid because he was playing a video game.

Bugs & Cranks " The biggest baseball guy on Twitter is not who you might expect
Any idea who the most followed baseballer on Twitter is? I’m including players, ex-players, managers, general managers, writers, commentators, fictional characters — pretty much anyone short of Alyssa Milano. Any guess?The first baseball-related figure doesn’t crop up until #176 (even counting Alyssa Milano) and when the savior of Major League Baseball’s Web 2.0 presence does finally show up, it turns out to be…

You'll have to click the link to find out who has the most followers. Sorry, them's the rules for internet linkage.

Senators honor Bobby Cox with cake in need of copy edit - Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
It appears the cake got the John Bobbitt treatment before photogs could document the snafu and the host politicians quickly and predictably passed the buck for the mistake.

Here's what the cake looked like before being circumcised. It's probably a good thing Cox's name isn't Pusey, Faukus, Feltersnatch, or Napoli.

May 6 - BR Bullpen
1983 - At Tiger Stadium, the California Angels defeat Detroit, 4 - 2, as Rod Carew goes 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .500 (48-for 96). The Angels' first baseman will finish the season at .339, second best in the American League as Wade Boggs of the Red Sox leads the league with a .361 pace.
Happy b-day
1931 - Willie Mays, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer
1940 - Bill Hands, pitcher (what if Bill Hands were friends with Bobby Cox and they had a cake made for the two of them?)


Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .236
Bobby Abreu, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Torii Hunter, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .290
Kendry Morales, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .308
Hideki Matsui, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Maicer Izturis, DH 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .256
Howard Kendrick, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276
Mike Napoli, C 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .228
Brandon Wood, 3B 3 1 1 1 0 2 3 .185
Totals 28 1 2 1 2 6
HR - Brandon Wood (2, Lackey)
RBI - Brandon Wood (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Wood (1)
Team LOB - 3
Outfield Assists - Hideki Matsui 1
DP - Pineiro-Aybar, Kendrick-Morales
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .288
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .297
Victor Martinez, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 .242
Kevin Youkilis, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 3 3 .291
J.D. Drew, RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .250
David Ortiz, DH 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .171
Adrian Beltre, 3B 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .340
Jeremy Hermida, LF 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .246
Jonathan Van Every, CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .182
Bill Hall, CF-LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .250
Totals 32 3 11 3 4 8
2B - Marco Scutaro (6, Bulger)
HR - David Ortiz (4, Pineiro), Adrian Beltre (2, Fuentes)
RBI - David Ortiz (7), Adrian Beltre 2 (15)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Beltre-Pedroia-Youkilis
Los Angeles Angels
Joel Pineiro (L,2-4) 6 8 2 2 3 5 1 5.30
Jason Bulger 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 5.73
Brian Fuentes 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 117-73, Jason Bulger 15-10, Brian Fuentes 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 6-5, Brian Fuentes 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Jason Bulger 5, Brian Fuentes 4
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey (W,3-1) 7 2 1 1 2 4 1 3.89
Daniel Bard (H,6) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70
Jonathan Papelbon (S,8) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.80
HBP - Napoli (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 102-60, Daniel Bard 12-9, Jonathan Papelbon 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 12-4, Daniel Bard 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 25, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37601
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye