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Thursday Halolinks: Jered Weaver pitches to score, Angels shutout Twins

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Jered Weaver needed to hold the Twins scoreless in order to keep his team in the game, but would he pitch differently if the Angels had a big lead?

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  • There's a reason he's the ace of the staff, and yesterday's game was a great example. Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels - July 24, 2013 - "You go out there and battle and try to win games; that's your job as a starting pitcher, to try to extend it as much as possible and limit runs." That's precisely what Weaver did as he limited the Twins to two hits, set a new season high with nine strikeouts and retired 19 straight at one point." This isn't a knock against Weaver, but I often wondered if this really went on: Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels - July 24, 2013 - ESPN. "With the score 1-0, you try to focus a little more on executing pitches because you know that one bad pitch can hurt you -- especially in a day game with the wind blowing out," Weaver said. "You have to be a little more focused in on what you have to do. Obviously, you're going to pitch a little differently in a 1-0 game than you are in a 4-0 game." Really? Is he saying he doesn't try as hard to throw good pitches when he has a bigger lead? I understand how a pitcher will "pitch to the score", but if he's not throwing his best on every pitch, how easily would a 4-0 game become a 5-4 game?
  • Anyway, it doesn't look like any team is going to score 5 runs with the way the Halos and A's have been hitting lately: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics - July 25, 2013 - "The A's are hitting .203 and averaging 2.6 runs in their last 12 games. The Angels, meanwhile, come to Oakland having been held to four runs or fewer in a season-high nine straight games, during which they're averaging only 2.1 runs per contest." Now that I've point this out, tonight's game will feature double-digit runs.
  • Wait, hold the presses! The Nibbler has decided to throw strikes?? Angels-Athletics Preview - Yahoo! Sports. ""His past couple starts have been really good," catcher Hank Conger told MLB's official website. "He's throwing a lot of strikes, he's getting ahead of counts." Whew!
  • I really like Scott Downs, but the best way for him to help this team is by providing something in return in a deal:
  • First it was Mike Napoli, now possibly Kendrys Morales: Rangers trade rumors: Texas targeting Rios, Pence, Morales - MLB Daily Dish. "Morales, who is also a free agent after the season, is also unlikely to be traded before the deadline because, as Jon Heyman of reports, the Mariners are "not selling at all right now". The 30-year old has also drawn interest from the Rays and Yankees."
  • Wouldn't be cool if the Angels were in a spot and were able to do somthing like this: Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut - HardballTalk. "Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday." And I don't mean beat the Yankees, but rather need and acquire a player to help them make the playoffs.
  • AT&T Park’s batter’s box was drawn noticeably crooked on Wednesday - Yahoo! Sports. "Though it didn't take long for them to get destroyed and disappear, the batter's boxes originally drawn in for Wednesday night's Reds-Giants game at AT&T Park — yes, San Francisco was officially the home team this time — may be the most crooked and awkward looking we've ever seen."
  • Nice play:
  • Click the link and have a know you want to: Reporter Draws Marvelous Unintentional Dong. "Anatomically speaking, WJRT-TV reporter Siobhan Riley's unfortunate diagramming of local construction is a very faithful representation of a dong."