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Tuesday Halolinks: Garret Richards To Start Tonight, MLB Draft Continues Today

Garrett Richards #43 gets the start tonight in place of injured Jered Weaver.
Garrett Richards #43 gets the start tonight in place of injured Jered Weaver.

If Halos Heaven were eligible for MLB's First Year Player draft, we'd go in the second round...or third. Halolinks would drop to the fifth:

  • Sure, last week he said he was a "home run pitcher", but that doesn't mean he had to go out there and prove it: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels - June 4, 2012 - MLB.com. "After giving up a first-inning home run, his league-leading 16th of the season, Santana surrendered six walks, allowing four to score, in the Angels' 8-6 loss to the Mariners at Angel Stadium." Jeff Sullivan has an entertaining post-game write-up over at Lookout Landing: Mariners Beat Angels For First Time Since 2003 - Lookout Landing. "The Angels fell back to .500, which is a lot better than they used to be, but still not close to where they want to be. As long as the Angels stay hovering around .500, people can't feel like they've turned the corner."
  • I hope I'm wrong, but I don't feel much confidence in Garrett Richards: Mariners-Angels Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "With Weaver on the disabled list, Garrett Richards will take the ace's turn in the rotation Tuesday night against the Mariners when the Angels attempt to avoid losing three straight at home for the second time this season.He was 5-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 10 starts for Salt Lake this season."
  • Say What, Mike? "You face a tough pitcher. You face lineups that can beat you. You have to play well to win in this league, and that's what you have to focus on." I would certainly hope the focus playing well, since, you know, playing poorly rarely accomplishes anything. Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels - June 5, 2012 MLB.com
  • Mark Saxon came up with a good line: Mike Trout left to swim on his own - ESPN Los Angeles. "It's probably not a great sign for your offense when the only player on your team not old enough to drink is the only guy who has no reason to."
  • Congratulation to manager Mike: Scioscia joins exclusive company by managing 2,000th game - Yahoo! Sports. "Scioscia became the 53rd man in baseball history to manage 2,000 games Monday night. He's the 16th manager to handle 2,000 games uninterrupted with one team and the ninth manager in American League history to manage that many games for one team. Seven of the eight others are in the Hall of Fame."
  • Atta boy: Jarrod Parker, Oakland A's pitcher, flirts with no-hitter in win over Texas Rangers - FOX Sports. "Parker (2-2) easily worked his way through the powerful Rangers lineup in his ninth career start before Michael Young grounded a single through the middle on a slider to lead off the eighth." It must've been free ticket give-away day in Oakland, "Parker got a warm ovation from the crowd of 10,120 and then recovered to get out of the inning on two more pitches"
  • Something that went under the Halo radar. I wonder what the Angels saw, or didn't see in Rincon that they felt he wasn't an upgrade for the major league bullpen: Twitter - Ken Rosenthal:
  • Draft news: MLB Draft: First Round Results - MLB Daily Dish. "The Houston Astros surprised many by taking high school shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick of the 2012 draft. Predicted number one pick Mark Appel, the Stanford right-hander, fell all the way to the Pittsburgh Pirates at number eight." And: 2012 Supplemental Round Results: - MLBTradeRumors.com
  • Draft's Manic Monday? Not for the idle Angels - angels.com. ""We didn't really go out and see those higher guys that we weren't going to get," Wilson said, "so what I tried to do was just get everybody to spread out and just sit down and see as many guys as they can see, and really concentrate on the guys that we had a chance to get rather than going out and seeing the guys we have no chance to get."
  • Does it say anything about my fandom that I don't feel as bad about this: Cancer claims former Reds right-hander Pedro Borbon - HardballTalk. "Pedro Borbon, a member of the Big Red Machine and one of the top relievers of his generation, passed away Monday after fighting cancer. He was 65." As I do about this? Richard Dawson, Original Family Feud Host, Dies at 79 - Gawker. Fun fact: "Although Dawson met his wife Gretchen Johnson when she was a contestant on Family Feud, he didn't make any further moves."