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If only the White Sox were a decent team, we could be ecstatic. But, hey, these same White Sox swept the Angels just days ago, so this counts as progress. We take it, with a capital "W".

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe it's time we can finally step back from the ledge? Baby steps, people, baby steps.

We are supposed to be beating up on the Chicago White Sox. They are terrible this year. But it's a necessary step forward to actually be able to do even that. Certainly after the last couple of weeks.

So quick, let's enjoy the fun before the reality of the Blue Jays come to town. Indulge in some links...

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Angels Baseball
Garrett Richards: Richards retired the Marine Layer last night as he restored faith in his dominance. He went 7 full innings AND two batters into the 8th and didn't yield a single fly ball. "I was able to hit glove side and I was able to start sinking the ball as the game went on, and that probably led to more ground balls." Yeah. Probably.................

Kaleb Cowart: Blame it on Kaleb. The Angels had not put together back-to-back victories since August 7th. No sooner than Cowart gets called up for his Major League debut but it happens. Strong mojo in this one. Too bad Mayhem leaped off the precipice early on. As Cowart made his first plate appearance in the 2nd, Josh tossed another virgin into the volcano and made some serious wishes. Called strike - ball - foul - swinging strike - K later and Kaleb was showing just as strong as Mike Trout. Welcome to the bigs, young Mister OhferThree............

Chive On: The Angels are holding on to hope because it's gotta be done. With more than 40 games left for everybody, yeah, it's gotta be done. But this shit-storm run of August is wearing on more than just us hard-core fans. But if it's not panic time, it's whistling in the dark time: "On Tuesday, various Angels were seen playing cards, fiddling with their phones and generally trying hard to avoid eye contact with reporters who also were trying hard to avoid eye contact because, let’s face it, this is the third week of August and most of us ran out of decent questions and answers a month ago."

Trout Net: The Trout Net has its own gig going on. Listen in on how Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout have a personal contest going on to see which guy can park more balls into the net each game...............

Taylor Featherston: Really? Featherston gets his own clip in the HumpLinks lineup? Well, sure! We all know that Featherston is a Rule 5 guy. He is absolutely cratering one of the extremely precious spots on the active roster because if he was removed from the active roster, he would be - gasp! - removed from the active roster!! Somehow that is supposed to be a bad thing. Again, above my pay grade. So what is it about Rule 5 guys? Reviewing a survey of this year's guys, somebody has to come in last..............


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Elsewhere in Baseball

Dumbo: That was fast, and impactful. The Red Sox have snatched Dave Dombrowski off the shelves in the same market where Arte has been shopping for more than a month. Dombrowski was hired to become President of Baseball Operations, effective immediately. Just as immediately, existing GM Ben Cherington declined to remain onboard. So ...Dombrowski takes over a franchise rich with prospects, and the guy who created that richness jumps onto a market shelf of his own. Two questions are to be asked: what does this mean for Jerry Dipoto, the guy who Cherington just brought on board to help with off-season moves...AND...is Dombrowski the first name (that we know) to decline an invitation from Art?...........

Little League...again: This time with girls softball, Little League has another controversy. The Washington team representing West was accused of tanking a game in order to eliminate a tough Iowa team from Central (based on odd rules for advancement). Iowa protested and the protest was upheld, flipping the actual results and allowing Iowa to play Washington. Iowa won and goes on to the finals. Now we can expect Washington to protest because they played by all the rules. And Little League overruled their own rules in order to help out an Iowa team that had lost to Southeast (represented by North Carolina) fair and square by those same rules..................

Worry Warting: Here we go. The first "Small Market World Series" calamity article of 2015. Pretty early in the season for these, but maybe we need to blame it on El Nino or something. "A hypothetical Pirates-Royals World Series would probably rank among the lowest rated World Series ever, even though each team has an intriguing comeback story." Keep in mind, people in Kansas City own televisions too...........

Asleep at the Wheel: Anibal Sanchez caught Miguel Cabrera sleeping at first base with a pickoff throw. Wait. What? Aren't Sanchez and Cabrera on the same team? Yup. Miggy was busy not playing first base when Sanchez tried to pick off Cubbie baserunner Dexter Fowler, and got caught not wearing his glove when Sanchez threw over. Cue keystone Kops piano accompanyment.....................

OMNI: Mike Trout finally got a hit. Or got hit on...............But he's got a nice new ride with which to impress.............If Arte were to get a bug up his butt and decide to start rebuilding his international scouting department, there are a whole host of scouts now in the unemployment line that could probably be had for cheap................Chase Utley is now too flummoxed by his own decisive indecision to even accept questions about his decision.................Roberto Clemente is being added to the Smithsonian, in the National Portrait Gallery...............Flat versus Curved. Who wears flat brims? This guy. And this guy. Not to mention this guy. But not this guy. Curved wins, every time...............


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