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Dog Days Come Early This Summer. A's defeat Angels 5-3 as Halos Extend All-Star Break

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One of the few bright spots of the night: the umps try and hand us one. Yet a moment after this pic, Jeffy is gifted a tag out on a play where he did so, but too late.
One of the few bright spots of the night: the umps try and hand us one. Yet a moment after this pic, Jeffy is gifted a tag out on a play where he did so, but too late.


On Bring Your Pooch To Smooch Night in Oakland, the offense of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took the warnings of Carmegeddon to heart, and stayed home this Friday evening. Not even the additional vertebrate butts could fill the seats, which was probably a good thing as those that did arrive were less than entertained by this uninspired showing of the game of baseball.

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With Vernon Wells out sick, Dan Haren looking extremely un-sharp, Torii Hunter with 4 fairly lame appearances at the plate, Howie rather quiet, no Bourjos, Aybar as mercurial as ever: this whole evening restored all bad memories of the first half of the 2011 season.

On the positive side, Trout got clutch hit and RBI. And Scioscia peeled back the gates of hell and poured in all the glaciers that have broken off of Antartica when, with the bases loaded, he LIFTED JEFF MATHIS FOR A PINCH HITTER!! Maicer Izturis then proceeded to demonstrate the wisdom of this act by doing absolutely nothing (even that being something clearly beyond the powers of Mathis), drawing a 4 pitch walk to drive in a run.

All for naught. We lose.