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The Angels have left Anaheim for quite a long spell. A road trip followed by the All-Star Break. Next home game will be July 14th. But that next home stand should include Mike Trout!

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Tough weekend series against the Mariners, ending with a 5-3 loss yesterday. It's off to Minnesota for 3 games. The Twins are 4-6 over their last 10 games, including only 2 wins over the last 8 games  of their last 2 series.

This road trip kicks off a long spell away from Anaheim. Three games in Minnesota, three games in Texas, and the the All-Star Break. So the next time we see the Angels at home will be July 14th. But the good news is that home stand will include the return of Mike Trout. And the middle of that home stand will be the Washington Nationals, and Bryce Harper. IT will be Harper's Anaheim debut. Trout and Harper on the same field and NOT the All-Star Game? That's only happened 3 times, back in 2014. April 21, 22 & 23 - when Harper went 1 for 12 in the series as Trout went 5 for 14.

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A Little Bit of Angels News

Mike Trout is making his comeback. He took full batting practice against live pitching over the weekend, so now The Tour begins this week in San Bernardino. On Tuesday he will have a full workout with the 66ers. And if that goes well he could be in line for 5 games of rehab. That would have him completing rehab this upcoming Saturday/Sunday which, if successful, would open up Mike's availability for the Al-Star Game a week from tomorrow. But if trout doesn't rehab every day, he might not be back until the weekend following the ASG...........

It would be handy for Trout to be ready by the ASG, because Trout was voted in as a starter for the 6th consecutive season..........

Andrew Heaney is committed to make it back to the mound before the season is out..............

Give it up for LAA relief pitcher Blake Parker, a gem found in the rough that is making headlines. In fact, he has TWO articles on FanGraphs............

Kole Calhoun has picked a bad time to slump..............

In  one of those moves that feels more like trying too hard, the Angels traded with the Brewers to obtain Nick Franklin. This happened late Friday, so Franklin was not in the lineup that evening. Jefry Marte was the guy sent back to Salt Lake to make room. Franklin started Saturday at 2B in place of Danny Espinosa, and went 0-2 with a K. That put his BA at .190, just a few bread crumbs better than Espinosa's .195. Espinosa started yesterday and went 1-2, ending his day at .168. Franklin came in as a PH and drove in a run on a base hit, now sitting at .200 on the season............

The Angels released Michael Bourn, who was hired on to potentially fill in as a roster replacement during Trout's absence............But, on the upside, Billy Eppler is back in the International market, signing 6 guys including highly rated Trent Deveaux of The Bahamas..............


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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

This section placed on hold indefinitely, in memory of Mike Trout's 2017 season. In the meantime, we provide The Jessica DeLine Trout Recovery Watch tracker. When will Mike be back?

Trout-Watch-7-03

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Everywhere In Baseball

It seems like there are about 412 plays making the Al-Star Game these days. Apparently, that still eaves a chacne for some players not to make the cut, and among those there shall be "snubs". It's an annual summer sport. In this particular list (of many that are out there), one  find Andrelton Simmons. Sure, Simmons is awesome. But he plays the same position as one Carlos Correa. It's not a snub to elect Correa. That said, Simmons is having a similarly good season as Francisco Lindor, who was named as the reserve. But Cleveland was already rich on participants (see below). It would have made more sense to slot Simmons as the Reserve.............

Hey, let's look at these All-Star rosters. Close attention to detail will reveal that the 2016 Chicago Cubs ballot stuffing is over. No Cubs were voted in at all, and only Wade Davis is representing, being named to the pitching staff.............Over on the AL side, we do have more than our fair share of Astros, Yankees  and Indians. Houston has 3 starters and 2 pitchers. New York has 1 starter, 2 reserves and 2 pitchers. And Cleveland also has 1 starter, 2 reserves and 2 pitchers. So half (15) of the entire AL Roster (30) named so far come from just 3 of the 15 AL teams...............Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers is rather pissed at Dodger fans for failing to vote in Corey Seager or Justin Turner. This is what LAD skipper Dave Roberts was bitching about a few days ago. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times is choosing to blame the failure of ATT Uverse and Charter Communications and DirectTV to refuse to carry Sportsnet LA. Because, after all, we all vote via television...........And, yes, Zack Cozart is gonna get himself a donkey..........

Ha ha ha!  The blogosphere is now on fire, having dug up some significant new evidence that MLB baseballs are, indeed, juiced. First it was a new study conducted by The Ringer. Then it was a parallel study conducted by FiveThirtyEight. These are not Travis and Tony experimenting with 2x4's in their garage. These are credible people doing work worthy of review. Is MLB doing a review? No. MLB itself has decided to counter that by sending out a letter to all their teams restating their denial.

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The Duffle Bag

Don't think that being an  All Star doesn't mean anything to players. It does. Just check with Justin Smoak..............Charlie Sheen made a killing, selling his Babe Ruth items at auction for +$2 million EACH............Sandy Alderson admits that signing of Tim Tebow was not about baseball, but about marketing. Hell, they even gave the job of signing him to their Marketing Director...........Brian Dozier was robbed of a home run a couple of days ago. Umps and Replay Officials failed, and the fan who came up with the ball rubbed their yellow scuffy noses in it............I don't like Joe West, either, but what the hell is wrong with people??..........If you have ever caught a foul ball, you count yourself as one of the rare, lucky ones. So what about the dude who catches two foul balls on two consecutive pitches?..........Jumbo giant Aaron Judge next to cocktail shrimp Jose Altuve, and the jokes start flying.............Florida and Milwaukee playing pine tar games..............

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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

Jordan Serena, promoted to AA Mobil BayBears just in time to open up a roster spot with the IE 66ers for Mike Trout's rehab, only played in Friday's game over the weekend, going 1 for 4 with a solo home run.

The BayBears were swept by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. But check out this great play by left fielder Tim Arakawa.............

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