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Bee-lieve it. The Angels are having a honey of a time in Tempe. But they need to bee-ware of the Spring Training injury bug going around.

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Man, Friday morning was rough, wasn't it? For those of you who struggled to access HH, yeah, the mothership was having some issues that day. According to their status page, things are all better now. And Friday's links are like the "...well, you had to be there..." line. So let's try starting out fresh, with what little there is to link to out of this past weekend.

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Elsewhere in the Heavens of Anaheim: Man, what the heck is it with the Angels and Mother Nature?? We got the bees again yesterday..............But what the hell? They killed them all?? Doesn't anybody in that camp know that Arizona is an agricultural state and we have, as a nation, a serious problem with our diminishing bee population? I am not a wuss or anything, but this requires some rethinking..............

Wow. You know you got it going on when a Mike Scioscia, Mike freakin' Scioscia, takes pause to compliment you on how much of a professional you are! And that is exactly what has happened with Huston Street's first camp under the gaze of The Sosh....By the way, notice in that same link how Sean Newcomb impresses, and how Mike Trout still know how to hit home runs. All good signs.............

Yeah, just saying, if we could have afforded to limit C.J. Wilson to just 3 innings per outing last season that might have worked out pretty good for him then, too. So I am not as excited as Wilson is about his first start this spring................

Speaking of Street, who around here knew that Huston Street was his own representative? I didn't. I find it surprising, actually, since I would assume that if Street is smart enough to negotiate for himself, he would be smart enough to know better than to negotiate for himself...........

One thing the Angels did last year was earn themselves some serious respect. Comparing their preseason outlook from last year to theirs from this year, show them on the upswing. Don't get too confused by the teams ahead of them, since a lot of those were considered little more than cannon fodder last season so any positive signs this winter gave them a lot of room to grow...........

This year's review of the best giveaways in baseball this year, and we get credited with a sombrero. A sombrero that we are dared to actually try and using ever again. Sigh.

Around Baseball: This is a tough time of the year, when random players start to get picked off by unfortunate injury news. Some for a few days, some for a few weeks, some for a few months...or worse. For instance, Yu Darvish is off to a horrible start and may be lost for the entire season with TJ surgery.  This is the same Darvish who was shut down late last year with arm soreness...........Hunter Pence suffered a broken arm when hit by Cubs pitcher Corey Black.  That's 4 - 6 weeks right there...............Chris Sale is hoping to get over his ankle injury in time for the regular season............Yunel Escober tweaked his oblique and will be out a week.............That oblique thingy has also shut down Josh Reddick and he might be out 6 weeks............Royals pitcher Tim Collins damaged a ligament and might be facing TJ as well..............Tony Campana might be done forever, having been the LAA resident speedster just last season............Lance Lynn suffered a hip flexor...............And Cliff Lee is not yet as healthy as he wanted to be at this stage in his comeback..............So, yeah, cross your fingers and hope that this particular Spring bug avoids our camp..

And...Casey Kotchman is making a comeback, with the Royals. He kicks off his bid in the minor leagues.............

Dreaming of Hector Olivera? Well, it's complicated and it ain't gonna be easy. For anybody.............

So what if it's only college baseballA walk-off suicide squeeze play is awesome at any level!.............

If you are into old baseball memorabilia, as you know I am, you are going to love this review of one person who digitally restores old covers of the vintage Baseball Magazine.

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