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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  American League All-Star Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels prepares to pitch in the first inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels prepares to pitch in the first inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Angels might stand pat at Trade Deadline - angels.com
General manager Tony Reagins has a recent history of going for the gusto with bold acquisitions, having acquired Mark Teixeira, Scott Kazmir, Alberto Callaspo and Dan Haren the past three seasons.

...or they might make a trade. Either way, we won't know until it happens. Oh yeah, and I love me some Lyle Spencer...

The pitching staff, like the infield, is deep and solid, and the outfield and catching spot are well fortified. No glaring holes appear to be preventing this team from making a run at the big prize.

Rangers face daunting second-half challenges to fend off Angels - Statesman.com
Texas' vast farm-system depth makes Bell, Clippard or San Diego setup man Mike Adams, a native Texan with a 1.32 ERA, a realistic possibility.The Rangers still have 12 games left with the Angels — nine in Anaheim. While Texas is 31-18 at home, it is 20-23 on the road, only eighth-best in the American League.

You know what I think is interesting? The AL West might go to the team who makes the best mid-season move. So far this season the Angels and Rangers have been pretty evenly matched, a great move by one of these team's front office may be the tipping point to the season.

Infusion of young talent helps keep Angels competitive - angels.com ...Players to watch in the second half - Torii Hunter: A Hunter-like second half would be huge from the team's best player, after injuries have frustrated him.

Torii Hunter splits:
Career -
First half: .271/.333/.470
Second half: .277/.329/.462

2010:
First half: .298/.385/.521
Second half: .261/.316/.398

2009:
First half: .305/.380/.558
Second half: .289/.341/.422

2008:
First half: .269/.332/.450
Second half: .292/.363/.493

Let's re-phrase that - A Hunter-like second half similar to his 2008 season would be huge from the team's best player, after injuries have frustrated him.

Sony takes swing with 'Moneyball' - Variety
The studio enlisted Sorkin for a fresh script, and Miller came on board to helm his second movie, after 2005's "Capote." Lensing took place between June and September last year. Sorkin created and wrote TV's "Sports Night," so his sports cred is solid. And "The Social Network" and TV's "West Wing" firmed his rep for depicting the dynamics of complex relationships within a workplace.

I might have mentioned this before, but I'm looking forward to seeing this flick. Especially since Aaron Sorkin is involved. "Sports Night" and "The West Wing" are two of my all-time favorite TV shows.

The 100 Worst Baseball Players Of All Time: A Celebration (Part 1) - Deadspin.com
This is a celebration. I realize that sounds strange—compiling a list of the worst of something doesn't seem like a joyous occasion. But by worst 100 baseball players I don't just mean the objective worst, the statistical worst, the most physically discomforting to watch. I mean the players whose failure was enduring, endearing, perplexing,and spectacular.

Cool article, you should check it out.

Spring Mobile Ballpark Reviews, Salt Lake Bees - Stadium Journey
In most places, baseball in 1994 was tumultuous. The eventuality of the players' strike loomed ominously over each major league park. Baseball die-hards sought refuge in the minor leagues, particularly the beautiful, brand-new Franklin Quest Field in Salt Lake City, home of the expansion Salt Lake Buzz. Neither the team nor the stadium currently bear the same name, but Spring Mobile Ballpark, home of the Salt Lake Bees, remains as much a crown jewel of the Pacific Coast League in 2011 as it has ever been.

A nifty review of the Angels Triple-A home.

Of course he did: Brian Wilson rocks spandex tuxedo at ESPYs - Yahoo! Sports
Channeling his outer penguin, Wilson (as you probably can see) showed up in one-piece spandex tuxedo that had its own set of attached white gloves.

How fun must it be to be Brian Wilson? You gotta love his "I don't give-a-shit attitude". Well, you don't have to, but I sure do. Except, he kind of frightens me.

Companies line up to help New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez - ESPN New York
According to accountants contacted by the New York Daily News and The New York Times, Lopez's tax bill on the Yankees merchandise could end up being anywhere from $5,000 to $14,000. Miller High Life issued a statement Wednesday saying that the company would cover Lopez's tax bill. "Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized," Miller High Life brand manager Brendan Noonan said in a statement. "We want to recognize Christian Lopez, and in turn everyone like him, for doing the common sense thing and help him continue to live the High Life."

If I drank beer, I'd probably be better friends with Ladybug and I'd pour back a Miller High Life just because of this.

State Farm® Go To Bat. Support the charity of your choice and you could win! - MLB.com: Fan Forum
Last Monday’s Home Run Derby helped get the ball rolling for State Farm’s Go To Bat campaign. Go To Bat encourages people to support their favorite charity – all it takes is a show of support online. Each week for the next 10 weeks, one charity will be chosen to receive $18,000 and one person who went to bat for the organization will be selected by State Farm to receive a pair of tickets to the 2011 World Series.

Shameless plug. But hey, World Series tickets!

July 14 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 14.
1990 - Dante Bichette, Dave Winfield and Brian Downing each homer twice in the California Angels' 8 - 7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the 8th time three teammates have done this in the major leagues.
Happy b-day:
1919 - Crash Davis, infielder (d. 2001)