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Halos limp into the Motor City in need of something more throaty than just idling....

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With no game action to report on, all I got is the chance to join in on the media barrage being spread around Southern California by the folks at Omaze, who are promoting for charity your chance to enter and win a place on Albert Pujols' wiffle ball team as he takes on the plastic holey ones of Clayton Kershaw. Yep, Omaze included us here on HH in their distribution list shout out to all the MSM outlets. Literally. If you win you are Albert's teammate AND some pitching and hitting tips AND get to hang with he and Kershaw for lunch afterwards AND get ducats in the high rent seats to the Dodgers/Angels game afterwards. Enter here.........Then come back and enjoy some links:

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Angels Baseball

Pitching, Part 1: On an off-day, we get a survey of articles running through the Halo rotation. Andrew Heaney is emerging as the key to the Angels' aspirations.  "Despite recent setback, club not only confident in rookie, but relying on his success down [the] stretch." On the one hand I go "wait! Why pretend like that last outing never happened??" Then I wake up and realize that there really is no other choice..............

Pitching, Part 2: Garrett Richardsstill on the comeback trail, is of the opinion that he is only now back to that point in his evolutionary process of becoming a top pitcher that he was destined to be before injuring his knee last year. "I’ve had an OK year in my opinion so far this year. Some things I could still improve on and I’ve had a few games that have gotten away from me here and there. But as far as getting back to doing the simple things, I’m starting to evolve into the pitcher that I want to be."................

Pitching, Part 3: Jered Weaver needs a training lesson from an old-guy like myself. After recovering from his sore hip, he is regaining his command. to net it all out, Weaver thinks that his off-season strength training program hurt him. "Weaver said when he was pitching well late last season, with improved velocity, it was a result of improved strength and range of motion from in-season training. In the offseason, though, he focused more on strength and not on range of motion. Now, he thinks that’s been a big part of his problem. 'As I was strengthening my upper half, I lost range of motion. It’s a tough process of breaking it down to get it back where it needs to be flexibility-wise. I just have to have the strength to go with it.' " Here is where I can help. Back in the day, the successful method to balance out strength conditioning in order to maintain flexibility was to spend your day between workouts swimming laps in the pool. Mix it up between freestyle and backstroke. And don't lollygag.............

Pitching, Part 4: Matt Shoemaker is getting good results in his minor league work. Says Mike Scioscia "The reports on him were much better than anything we've seen this year from him up here. So hopefully he went down there and got a chance to work on some stuff, and he will definitely be back up here. We'll see when that's going to be." Keep in mind that Salt lake plays in a hitters league which artificially jacks up offense............

Pitching, Part 5: Hector Santiago, giving back to the community............Same with C.J. Wilson............

Bubblegum: I never really got into baseball cards. I should have. My oldest brother had amassed the complete 1961 season but lost it when the family moved to Orange County in 1963. That set today, in near mint condition (which this set was and would have remained, based on how it was being stored) is valued at $17,000. Individually the set could fetch as much as $22 grand. This discouraged he and my older brother, and I lost the chance for some solid foundations. Ever since, the only thing that ever interested me were the team photos. Such a throw-back thing to do, and older than my grandfather. None of my friends cared about them so I never imagined them to have any worth. I was right. But still, they amuse me, therefore you get this.............

Unicorns: It's nice to live in a world of fantasy, where trade deadlines don't exist, and neither do waiver wire blockades, and where one can trade with the Rockies for Jose Reyes and Carlos Gonzalez without giving up anything..............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Surrender Dorothy: Here comes the Josh Donaldson full-court press. No, three games don't a season make. But they DO make for a touchstone in the ever more frenetic media ADHD world of headlines. So Donaldson for MVP isn't so far-fetched anymore..............Could Josh Donaldson's season go down as the best in franchise history?..........And Who is AL MVP Leader after head-to-head battle?...........Yeah. Settle in. We got nothin' at the moment...........

Bus Rides to Nowhere: Isn't it a sign from the gods of baseball that suffering through an entire summer stuck in single A means that maybe you should consider that you are not destined for greatness? Thus, the punishment...........

Third Base: The key to baseball! The Dodgers did it. And then the Oakland A's did it, bringing Ron Washington back into the AL West as a new third base coach. At this rate, in a few more weeks Gary DiSarcina might be the elder statesman of third base coaches in California. Is that a good thing?..............

Flipping Out: This is precisely what we need today. A reminder that the bat flip is an American institution, and the Brian McCann's of the world can STFU...........And, yeah, Hank Conger says to McCann GTFO!!

LLWS: California remains alive..............

OMNI: Pablo Sandoval sticks the landing. Caltech registers the impact from Pasadena...............Dallas Braden one-ups Sandoval with a water feature...............Something inside me keeps suggesting that if our civic judicial system did a better job with domestic abuse, we wouldn't need private businesses to get involved................With the way our season is going, the wave can only get more popular in Anaheim. It is, after all, the best way the fan scan induce entertainment when the product on the field has failed to so do...................This guy has one of the best jobs in the world..............

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