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Here are a few quick links to peruse before the Angels and Indians play this morning...

Angels veterans, youngsters say they try to ignore trade speculation - The Orange County Register
"You hear stuff but I don't really pay attention, for the most part," first baseman Mark Trumbo said. "Around here (with the Angels), you're not going to hear about it until it happens anyway." Outfielder Peter Bourjos' name was one of the new ones tossed into this week's speculation, linked to the Washington Nationals' search for outfield help. Bourjos said he hadn't heard about it and "I don't bother" following the rumors at this time of year, citing the same reason as Trumbo -- the Angels' ability to keep a tight lid on their trade talks. "Especially with these guys — if you hear about it, it's not going to happen," Bourjos said.

Feliz falters again ... do Rangers need co-closers? - SportsDayDFW
The Rangers blew a multi-run lead for the second time in six days Tuesday night. Minnesota, routed by 14 runs a night earlier, tormented starter C. J. Wilson early and scored twice in the ninth against Feliz for a 9-8 victory at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

MORE LINKS AFTER THE BREAK...

Making the comparison: Mike Trout - The Hardball Times
What can we expect from Mike Trout's major league career? The expectations and comparisons have been, for lack of a better term, absurd. At one point, a scout was quoted as seriously comparing Trout to Mickey Mantle. Even if that scout is right, the comparison just isn't fair to a teenager. So let's be fair. It's time to break Mike Trout down systematically and make our realistic four-part comparison.

 

VIDEO WEDNESDAY-

Umpire Jerry Meals: Braves-Pirates call 'might have' been wrong - MLB.com: News
"There's always controversial calls that are really, really close," Pirates starter Jeff Karstens said. "But I've never seen anything that bad. I don't really have a comment for it. Maybe he just didn't want to be here anymore. It's just a shame. You can't really put it into words. He made a great play. For some reason, somebody didn't want us to play anymore. So the game was ended."

Jerry Meals Might Have Been Right - Rob Neyer -  Baseball Nation
I'm sorry, but I still have not seen a conclusive replay. I've read a lot of Tweets from people claiming the replays or screen-captures are conclusive, but I'm looking at the same things and I'm just not seeing it. I'm not seeing a for sure in any of them.

What they’re saying about the Jerry Meals call - HardballTalk
Buster_ESPN: If there was ever an argument for five-man umpiring crews–with one in the booth, overseeing replay to correct mistakes– it was just made.

Saunders strikes out four in complete game - MLB.com: Multimedia
Joe Saunders goes the distances and gives up just one run, striking out four against the Padres

I always liked Saunders.  It's good to see him doing well...

Arizona's Saunders barely misses a shutout - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
Left-hander Joe Saunders(notes) celebrated the first anniversary of his acquisition by the Arizona Diamondbacks by coming within an out of his second career shutout Tuesday..... Saunders, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player package for Dan Haren(notes) last July 25, is 10-15 with a 3.86 ERA in 34 starts for Arizona. He has gone 216 2/3 innings. He lost his first five decisions this season but has been strong since, especially in the last two months, starting when he shut out Washington on two hits in seven innings for a 2-0 victory June 4. Saunders is 5-3 with a 2.51 ERA since.

Hudson loses track of outs, gives ball to fan - MLB.com: Multimedia
Orlando Hudson loses track of the number of outs, tossing the ball to a fan in the stands

Utley's inside-the-park homer - MLB.com: Multimedia
Chase Utley rounds the bases, capped off by a headfirst dive, for an inside-the-park home run against the Giants

Trumbo hits a two-run double off the wall - MLB.com: Multimedia
Mark Trumbo hits a two-run double off the wall to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning

Angels escape with double play in ninth -  MLB.com: Multimedia
Jordan Walden plays Matt LaPorta some chin music before getting him to hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the ninth

This clip features the Indian TV crew giving props to Howie Kendrick.

Walden fans Kipnis to end the game - MLB.com: Multimedia
Jordan Walden fans Jason Kipnis with two runners on in a one-run game to notch the save and seal the win for the Angels

Pastor wanted to make people think about attending church - NASCAR News - FOX Sports on MSN
"Lord, I want to thank you for my smokin' hot wife tonight, Lisa, and my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call [them], 'The Little E's,'" he said.

Amen.

THE BOX-

Los Angeles Angels
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Erick Aybar, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Torii Hunter, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .235
Bobby Abreu, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .265
Vernon Wells, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .217
Alberto Callaspo, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292
Howard Kendrick, 2B 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .302
Mark Trumbo, 1B 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 .254
Peter Bourjos, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .263
Jeff Mathis, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .183
Totals 31 2 4 2 1 4    
Batting
2B - Mark Trumbo (18, Tomlin)
RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo 2 (15)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo, Kendrick-Aybar-Trumbo, Kendrick-Mathis-Trumbo
Cleveland Indians
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ezequiel Carrera, CF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .270
   a- Austin Kearns, PH-LF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .220
Michael Brantley, LF-CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .278
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .286
Travis Hafner, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .312
    Orlando Cabrera, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Carlos Santana, C 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .227
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .250
Matt LaPorta, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .238
Jason Kipnis, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .200
Travis Buck, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .230
Totals 31 1 7 1 3 6    
a-walked for Carrera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (1, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Matt LaPorta (9, Jer. Weaver)
SH - Lonnie Chisenhall (1)
RBI - Matt LaPorta (35)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jered Weaver (W,14-4) 7 5 1 1 2 5 1 1.79
Scott Downs (H,19) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.27
Jordan Walden (S,24) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 113-74, Scott Downs 14-6, Jordan Walden 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 4-11, Scott Downs 2-0, Jordan Walden 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 5
Cleveland Indians
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Josh Tomlin (L,11-5) 8 4 2 2 1 3 0 4.01
Rafael Perez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.18
IBB - Kendrick by Josh Tomlin
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 97-70, Rafael Perez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 12-9, Rafael Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 29, Rafael Perez 3