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Thursday Halolinks: Weaver wants more time

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Jared Weaver wants to stay in games longer, but first he has to earn it.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

I've got an important appointment this morning that I had completely forgotten about, so here's a very short Halolinks.  Please feel free to add more links within the comments section:

I don't know, but it sure seemed Weaver was walking a tightrope all evening and was lucky to have left the game giving up just the one run: Weaver eager to earn a longer leash - MLB.com, "By the time it was over, Weaver had seemingly calmed down and repeatedly said he understood. "It's not my decision," Weaver said. "It's [Scioscia's] decision. He knows where I'm at and how I'm feeling mechanically and body-wise. It's going to take a little bit of time to get that trust back and prove to him that I can be the guy that goes out there and throws 100, 115 pitches. That's what I was used to a couple years ago. But body-wise, I'm just trying to get to where I know I can be. Until then, he's going to have a little shorter leash on me."

Los Angeles Angels place Matt Shoemaker on bereavement list, push back C.J. Wilson, "The Los Angeles Angels placed pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the bereavement list Wednesday after the death of his grandfather and recalled Nick Tropeano from Triple-A Salt Lake to start their series finale Thursday against Oakland.  Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels - April 23, 2015 - MLB.com Preview, "Tropeano will be making his Angels debut, after being acquired with Minor League catcher Carlos Perez from the Astros for backup catcher Hank Conger in November. He gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings in his two starts at Triple-A this season."

Kevin Cash was a coach under Terry Francona, while Bud Black got his managerial skills from Mike Scioscia: Wednesday's MLB power rankings - SweetSpot - ESPN, "Tampa Bay Rays use their bullpen wisely. With the game tied 5-5 in the seventh, manager Kevin Cash brought in Brad Boxberger, who has become the team's closer. But with David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Napoli up, Cash figured he'd use his best reliever rather than wait for a save opportunity that may never arise. Boxberger struck out the side, Tampa scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, and Kevin Jepsen and Steve Geltz finished it off. Unconventional but smart. Good job, Kevin Cash. Contrast that with San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The Colorado Rockies beat the Padres 5-4 with runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Craig Kimbrel never got in the game. With the bases loaded in the ninth and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Black still refused to bring in one of the game's top strikeout artists, instead waiting for a save opportunity that never came."