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Thor’sLinks: Halos Shows Offensive Sparks

Angels bat ignite run-scoring fireworks and torch M’s 7-4

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Garrett Richards returned, and the Halo bats awoke for a 4th of July pyrotechnic surprise, winning 7-4 over the Mariners. The Angels held a parade as everybody but Martin Maldonado got a hit. Instead, Maldonado did this.

Oh, and David Fletcher did this! Hell yeah!! (For those with foggy brain cells this morning, check the chyron for the situation with that pitch.)...........

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A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

Even if we got a full dozen Ohtani’s back from the DL, at this point I don’t think it would allow the Halos to recover..............But, yeah, Ohtani is back............And that 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored yesterday was pretty fresh...........And it was especially fresh to see Ohtani whack his 1st hit since coming back from the DL, going all Ichiro Suzuki-style on the Mariners’ asses.............

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Mike Trout likes to hit at Safeco. I like Mike Trout. But I would like Mike Trout better if Mike Trout liked to hit more than singles at Safeco (like that double yesterday, ore of those)..............Oh, and IBB’s. Don’t forget IBB’s at Safeco, either..........

You gotta subscribe, but Mike Trout IS our generation’s Babe Ruth..........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Chris Young AND Tyler Skaggs have joined the Angel Army of Abnormality, hitting the DL like 80% of the rest of the team............And we just zoomed past 600 total games lost to injury on the season..........

Pujols fades to fifth. The tide of father time outpaces the eternal resistance of Mike Scioscia. And he had a pretty dope game in that spot. Will he get today off as a reward?.........

Is Kole Calhoun coming back? For real?............Since coming back, including yesterday, he is hitting .306/.352/.612 with an OPS of .964...........


Everywhere In Baseball

Dylan Floro, Reds reliever, is having as ass-kicking year. The Reds are probably willing to trade him. To a SoCal team, too. Billy Eppler should look into that as a fix before some team such as the Dodgers snatch him up..........

And the Dodgers better get their wheeling and dealing all done before the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission clamps down hard on their owners and locks away their funding................

Doesn’t anybody other than me find it ironic that MLB remains constantly at war with social media usage of their clips where fans want to grow their interest and market their sport for free, while the individual franchises know to go whole hog on the use of social media to grow interest and support for their players?.............

Am I reading this right? Brett Gardner would rather bitch about having to pay fines for being too slow to walk up to the plate, rather than simply stop taking his sweet effing time walking up to the plate??.............

Manny Machado would not, it appears, block any trade proposals that would send him to Philadelphia............

If Bryce Harper thinks that adversity is exciting, he should give us a steep discount and sign with Arte this winter. We got adversity enough for an entire league.............

Poor Tigers. Their skipper suffered some overheating. Man, that has to be catastrophic for their season. We LAA fans should empathize...........Oh, and Adrian Beltre, with the infected tooth. Terrible. Tragic..........And Mike Moustakas, getting an owie in his back picking up one of his kids. Calamitous............Finally, Gleyber Torres of the Yankees straining his hip. Devastation. How can the Yankees possibly hope to survive?..........We should send all of them a card or something..........


The Duffle Bag

Does this guy think that the large empty space inside a baseball glove is a purse or something?.............Javy Baez with the coolest slide of the day...........Where are the water justice warriors when we need them? Save us all from Carlos Gomez!!............Zack Greinke throws so many eephus pitches that the AZ scoreboard has that as a pitch type..........Looks like somebody misplaced their tamed pet birdie..........Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill had a fun day. All he needs to do is learn how to slide like Javy Baez............Who said baseball players don’t care? Trevor Bauer certainly cares. A lot. Make him an All-Star or else, dammit............The life of a bullpen arm can really stink...........