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Thursday Halolinks: Angels skip game due to rain

Wednesday rain-out will be made up later this season, but today's game is scheduled to be played.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like the storm that went through my area yesterday morning made its way to Cleveland Wednesday night causing the postponement of the Indians-Angels game.  The game will be made up sometime later this season, but Thursday's game will still be played on schedule.

  • Wake up everyone, today's game is an early one for you left coasters:  Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians - June 19, 2014 - Preview.  "Cleveland's ace posted the second-shortest start of his career in his last outing, giving up five runs on three hits while walking four in two innings against the Red Sox, inflating his ERA to 5.05 on the season. He threw only 28 of his 59 pitches for strikes. "It's been an interesting season for me," said Masterson, who posted a 3.45 ERA and three shutouts in 2013. "I threw too many balls [in my last start]. That's more or less what happened." The Angels could be the perfect team for Masterson to begin his turnaround. In 13 career appearances (10 starts) against the Angels, Masterson is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA. The last time Wilson faced the Indians, he held them to one run on two hits over eight innings in a win on April 30. The southpaw has had a rough June so far, seeing his ERA jump from 3.05 to 3.50 after going 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA (10 earned runs in 16 innings) in three starts this month."
  • I know many of you aren't fans of the team up the 5 freeway, but history is history, and last night Clayton Kershaw made history: Kershaw throws second Dodgers no-hitter of 2014, fans 15 Rockies -  "Kershaw struck out 15 batters, breaking his previous career high (13) set back in April 2009. Ramirez's error came on a slow chopper by Corey Dickerson leading off the seventh inning. Colorado hit only three balls out of the infield and did not make much hard contact at all. The Rockies came into Wednesday's game leading baseball in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.337) and slugging percentage (.461). Some of that is Coors Field aided, of course, but this team can still hit. Kershaw definitely earned the no-hitter. You don't win two Cy Young Awards before your 26th birthday without being historically dominant. Kershaw had previously thrown two two-hitters in his career, and they came roughly a month apart in 2011. He did it against the Marlins that May and again against the Tigers in June."
  • Watch the video (who knew Powerade looks like fireworks in slow motion), but read the internet's greatest least for today: Clayton Kershaw's Powerade Bath, In Extreme Slow Motion.  "It's only a matter of time before one of these celebrations turns ugly and someone gets Powerade in their mouth."
  • Today's Mike-Trout-is-awesome story: History, Peaks and Mike Trout - FanGraphs Baseball
  • Are they truly baseball's best team?  Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - Recap - June 18, 2014 - ESPN.  "Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth inning, and Gray bounced back from two sub-par outings to lead Oakland over the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday, giving the Athletics (44-28) the best record in the majors."
  • Odds to win the 2014 World Series (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)
    Odds on 6/2/14 Current Odds
    Oakland Athletics
    9/1 6/1
    San Francisco Giants 7/1 6/1
    Detroit Tigers 6/1
    Los Angeles Dodgers 8/1 8/1
    St. Louis Cardinals 9/1 17/2
    Toronto Blue Jays 10/1 9/1
    Washington Nationals 14/1 10/1
    Los Angeles Angels 16/1 14/1
    Milwaukee Brewers 16/1
    Atlanta Braves 12/1 18/1

  • Today's Scioscia-troll: Scioscia shows faith in Ibanez when stats say otherwise - The Orange County Register.  ""There’s no doubt that he’s making some strides in the batter’s box and you’re seeing better swings," Scioscia said. "The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows that he needs to contribute and have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder at it than Raul, and we’re very confident that he’s going to contribute for us."  I'm going to use this picture whenever there's a troll comment, so I imagine you're going to have to get used to it. 
  • Since when did common sense go missing within the baseball world?  VIDEO: Call overturned when Pirates catcher Russell Martin blocks the plate … on a forceout - HardballTalk.  "Rule 7.13 still needs further clarification, especially after this confusing replay overturn in the third inning of Wednesday night's game between the Reds and Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park ..."
  • Oops: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologizes for remark about beating wife - ESPN.  "Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: "I beat my wife." After a brief pause, he said: "I'm just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good." About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said: "I didn't want to make light of battered women. I didn't mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone."
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