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Just one bad pitch, and too much Matsui - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington
With the Mariners clinging to a one-run lead and two outs in the seventh inning, Vargas threw an 0-1 fastball inside, but not inside enough to Hideki Matsui. The veteran slugger ripped it into the right-field seats for a two-run homer to provide the tying and winning runs in the Angels’ 4-2 win over Seattle on Wednesday at Safeco Field. "Vargas did an outstanding job for 62/3 solid innings," Mariners manager Daren Brown said. "He just left a pitch up to Matsui and it cost him." But the fastball to Matsui was even more frustrating because Vargas had first base open with two outs and Brandon Wood, hitting .165 this season, standing in the on-deck circle. "I feel like I’m smarter than that," Vargas said. "(Matsui) is definitely a guy that can change the game. And we’ve got a guy we had success with on deck (Wood). ... You can’t let him beat you there. You probably just keep feeding him sliders and if he walks, he walks, and just move on to the next guy." In Moore’s mind, that was what he wanted to do. He called for a slider and Vargas shook it off. He called for a change-up, and Vargas shook it off, wanting the fastball. "Vargas wanted to go with his gut and went with it," Moore said. " ... I should have went out there and made a visit, but I didn’t. It hurt us."

These are a couple interesting quotes from the Mariners' battery and sort of highlights how a catcher can have an impact on the pitcher. If the catcher had had a bit more experience, he would have reminded Vargas that they didn't have to pitch to Matsui, especially with Wood on deck. I don't know how it relates to the the Angels catcher situation, but it at least help me realize the importance of the pitcher/catcher interaction. Have some highlights: Gutierrez makes the catch in center - Howard Kendrick skies one to center, where Franklin Gutierrez tracks it down for the out, Matsui crushes a go-ahead homer to right - Hideki Matsui hits his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot that stakes the Angels to a 3-2 seventh-inning lead, Callaspo's dinger adds an insurance run - Alberto Callaspo takes Sean White deep to right for a solo shot, extending the lead to 4-2 in the eighth, Bell throws six frames of two-run ball - Trevor Bell strikes out six over six innings of two-run ball.

Hideki Matsui's homer lifts Angels, 4-2 - latimes.com
Jordan Walden struck out two in a scoreless seventh, Kevin Jepsen, who was tagged for three eighth-inning runs and the loss Tuesday night, struck out two in a scoreless eighth, and Fernando Rodney struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Someone needs to update Scioscia's Relief Pitcher Flowchart to reflect the new roles for his relievers.

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Angels activate Bulger, Stokes from disabled list - FOX Sports on MSN
The Los Angeles Angels have added depth to their bullpen by activating right-handers Jason Bulger and Brian Stokes from the 15-day disabled list.

Just in time for the Halos big playoff push.

Frank McCourt has taken Dodgers deep in debt - latimes.com
Since buying the Dodgers for $430 million six years ago, Frank McCourt has so heavily leveraged the team — $433 million in debt as of last year — that he has struggled to find additional financing. The debt load has limited how the Dodgers can pay their players and could affect the team's ability to sign talent.

Here are some more tid-bits from the linked article:

  • In a deposition, Dodgers Chief Financial Officer Peter Wilhelm said Citibank declined even to engage in serious negotiations. "They did not feel that the Dodger organization had the capacity to take on more debt," Wilhelm said.
  • McCourt pledged on his first day as an owner that the Dodgers would maintain a player payroll among the top quarter of major league teams, but the business plan he submitted to Major League Baseball — revealed in court documents Wednesday — called for cutting the payroll from $100 million in 2004 to $85 million in 2006.
  • In a court declaration, Wilhelm, the Dodgers' CFO, identified "borrowed funds" as the primary source for the "operation of the business enterprise as well as a source of potential distributions" to the McCourts.
  • The McCourts took $108 million in personal distributions from the Dodgers from 2004 to 2009, primarily from the borrowed funds, court records show. For example, in 2006, Blue Land Co. — the McCourt entity that owns the Dodger Stadium parking lots — took out a $60-million loan against the parking lots, according to Wilhelm's declaration. The McCourts invested $10 million in the Dodgers and used about $50 million for personal mortgages and purchases of residential real estate, Wilhelm said.

This is some serious B.S. And it makes me glad McCourt wasn't able to buy the Angels as he tried to do prior to buying the Dodgers.

Finally, A Baseball Fight That Doesn't Disappoint - Deadspin.com
A night after bowling over the catcher, Nyjer Morgan gets a pitch behind him. Morgan goes after the pitcher, when — BAM! — Gaby Sanchez out of nowhere.

By the headline I thought the McCourts had met outside the courthouse to settle their dispute.

Reds' Chapman hits 103 mph, gets 6-1 win - Yahoo! Sports
No. 1 for Aroldis Chapman. Eight and counting for his new team. The Cuban left-hander hit 103 mph on the radar gun during another sizzling inning Wednesday night, then got his first big-league win when the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that pushed their NL Central lead to eight games.

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Beck's Blog: St. Pierre finally gets call to big leagues
Max St. Pierre is finally coming to the big leagues. He won't be the most glamorous September call-up, but he might well be the happiest. After 978 games over 14 minor league seasons, the longtime Tigers farmhand will join the big club as an extra catcher when rosters expand on Wednesday.

It's nice to see someone rewarded for chasing their dream.

Angels " Win Probability " Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - FanGraphs Baseball

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Almost second place:

American League West
Team W L Pct. GB
Texas 75 58 .564 -
Oakland 65 67 .492
L.A. Angels 65 69 .485 10½
Seattle 52 81 .391 23

September 2 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on September 2.
1880 - Using three towers illuminating light 100 feet above the playing field, teams from the department stores of Jordan Marsh and R.H. White stage the first night game.
1912 - At Boston, Christy Mathewson wins both games for the Giants in a 5 - 2, 6 - 1, sweep of the Braves. In the opener, Matty relieves Rube Marquard in the 9th with the score at 2 - 2 and tosses three shutout innings. Larry Doyle ends it with a 3-run homer in the 12th. Matty coasts to his 19th win in the nitecap after the Giants chase Ed Doheny with five runs in the 3rd. Pitch counts? We don't need no stinkin' pitch counts!
1951 - Tony Ponce of the Phoenix Senators (Southwest International League) hurls his 38th consecutive complete game in beating Yuma 4 - 2 for his 25th win of the season. Relief pitchers? We don't need no relief pitchers!
1965 - Mickey Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with two on as New York scores five runs on their way to an 8 - 1 win over the Angels. Whitey Ford is the winner. I think that Mantle guy was pretty good.
1968 - In the last Pacific Coast League game played in Seattle, WA, Jim Bouton of the Seattle Angels (a combined PCL team of the Pilots and California Angels) tops Spokane, 4 - 1.
2002 - The A's defeat the Royals, 7 - 6, for their 19th straight victory to match the longest winning streak in American League history. What few mention is the Angels went 14-6 over the same span, staying in the playoff race.
Happy b-day:
1863 - John Henry, outfielder (d. 1939) The current Red Sox owner. (he hasn't realized he's been dead for 70 years).
1960 - Rex Hudler, infielder. Happy five-o to the Wonderdog.

They screamed bug-eyed:

Los Angeles Angels
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reggie Willits, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .285
Alberto Callaspo, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .288
Howard Kendrick, 2B 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 .278
Torii Hunter, RF 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 .291
Mike Napoli, C 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .248
Juan Rivera, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .247
Hideki Matsui, DH 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 .262
Brandon Wood, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .162
Peter Bourjos, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .195
Totals 31 4 5 4 2 7
Batting
2B - Reggie Willits (6, Vargas), Torii Hunter (31, Vargas), Mike Napoli (21, Vargas)
HR - Alberto Callaspo (10, S. White), Hideki Matsui (18, Vargas)
RBI - Alberto Callaspo (54), Howard Kendrick (65), Hideki Matsui 2 (73)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo (22), Hideki Matsui 2 (31)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Wood-Kendrick-J. Rivera
E - Mike Napoli (11, Throwing), Juan Rivera (6, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF 5 0 2 0 0 1 1 .310
Chone Figgins, 2B 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 .247
Franklin Gutierrez, CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .251
Russell Branyan, DH 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 .235
Jose Lopez, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .241
Casey Kotchman, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .224
Michael Saunders, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .221
Adam Moore, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 .200
Josh Wilson, SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .249
a- Ryan Langerhans, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .198
Totals 36 2 10 1 0 12
a-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (20, Bell), Casey Kotchman (19, Bell), Adam Moore (4, Bell)
SH - Chone Figgins (12)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (51)
SB - Chone Figgins (34, 2nd base off Bell/Napoli), Michael Saunders (4, 3rd base off Bell/Napoli)
CS - Franklin Gutierrez (3, 2nd base by Bell/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Figgins
Los Angeles Angels
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Trevor Bell (W,2-4) 6 9 2 2 0 6 0 4.85
Jordan Walden (H,1) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.25
Kevin Jepsen (H,21) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.93
Fernando Rodney (S,8) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bell 93-61, Jordan Walden 21-15, Kevin Jepsen 17-11, Fernando Rodney 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bell 5-6, Kevin Jepsen 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Bell 26, Jordan Walden 4, Kevin Jepsen 3, Fernando Rodney 4
Seattle Mariners
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jason Vargas (L,9-8) 7 4 3 3 2 4 1 3.55
Sean White 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 5.24
Brian Sweeney 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 106-74, Sean White 14-10, Brian Sweeney 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 5-11, Sean White 1-0, Brian Sweeney 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 26, Sean White 4, Brian Sweeney 3