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Halos come up one missing Instant Replay short.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels just couldn’t chase down the Twins last night, after Minnesota had jumped out to a 4-0 lead. They ended up losing 4-3. They actually out-hit the Twins 11 to 7, but they couldn’t make the hits count that they put together against the Twinkie bullpen. Let’s clarify one small point. Technically they DID lose 4-3. But factually they managed to tie the game 4-4 in the 8th. Assuming a fair Instant Replay review. Gotta ask for one of those, first, however.

But I really like Skipper Brad’s Opener tactic last night. If you are going to have to run Cam Bedrosian out there to give up his run, it’s a pretty cool idea to have that happen in the 1st inning when you have when entire ballgame left to get it back.

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A Little Bit Of Angels News

Kole Calhoun got the call. His missus is on the verge of delivering child so he pulled the family priority card. Good for him. Luis Rengifo stood in for Kole and with a couple of walks and a run scored, did better at the plate than mike trout. So that’s a decent outcome. Good luck on the parent thing, Calhouns............

Justin Anderson must have visited Tony Stark’s lab. A mechanical adjustment has allowed him to improve his control so far. That 6th inning Monday with a 1-2-3 K appearance proves the value...........

Oh hell yes. Seeing Shohei Ohtani launch one of Rob Manfred’s trick baseballs into the Mesosphere is a good sign that Tommy John has not negatively impacted his hitting stroke............

Shohei Ohtani is back, and he is must-see TV..............

$$ - Baseball America has moved Jose Suarez up into the #99 spot of their Top 100 MiLB Prospects...........

Angels being good guys in Minnesota. And when the Twins come to town next week both teams will visit CHOC...........


Everywhere In Baseball

Kendrys Morales, now on his third teams since Spring Training, hooked on with the injury-smitten Yankees and has found a way to stall the end of career. Morales did not clear the Oakland waivers, was claimed by the Yankees. This forced a trade, and New York is sending back Yankee Bucks and some random name to be figured out later...............

Whatever it was that was broken with Chris Sale ain’t broken no more. Two starts ago he struck out 10 batters against only 1 walk in just 6 innings. In his last outing he K’d 14 more batters, no walks, 8 innings. Yesterday it was 17 K’s, again no walks, 7 innings. That makes a total of 41 strikeouts against 1 base on balls across 21 innings. 3 total earned runs............

$$ - This could be important. To me, it is ALWAYS important when MLB takes another step forward in tracking technology. They are moving off of radar-based Trackman and over to optical-based Hawk-Eye............

The Ballpark Is The Great American Public Space. Actually, IMHO it is a lot more than that. I was having this discussion just yesterday with a work partner, and we were talking about how strong the game is in Latin America. His response was on target, and in line with the essence behind the linked article. Baseball is a place where a community of friends and families can gather in a pastoral setting for many hours and socialize and connect. It is a gathering place not just within America, but beyond America as well.........

Bejeebus. What the hell is wrong with people? I am left to wonder just how long this has been going on with pro athlete type-A personalities and domestic violence? Reporting, recording technology, more courageous victims...it’s adding up to meaningful fight back...........

Craig Kimbrel is still unemployed. At least one team is still thinking that Kimbrel is still over-priced.............

One positive consequence of an increase of home runs is the corresponding increase of baseballs hit close enough to the wall to be almost home runs.................

Not too many pitchers are letting Baby Vlad do much with his Plate Appearances.............Except yesterday. Yesterday he was gifted with a fat one, and he took full advantage with his career homer #1..............

Baseball is warped. Things are getting weird and records are falling at alarming rates..............

Take the quiz. Do you know your MLB mascots?..........

I am glad Chris Paddack is with the Padres. That keeps him in the National League and away from us. It keeps him in the NL West where he can be a pain in the ass for the Dodgers. And it keeps him in Southern California where I can watch. It looks like it could get fun...........

And while we are talking about Paddack, let’s talk about where the Chris Paddacks of the world come from............

Howie Kendrick career milestones. We missed them both. Bad on us. Never a batting champion but still with the sterling career slash line of .291/.334/.424.............

Christian Yelich ain’t the only Brewer with dramatic road/home splits. It’s practically the whole damn team..........

To the surprise on nobody, the MLB-appointed committee to decide revenue-sharing has ruled - again - that the MLB team (nee Expos now Nationals) which MLB parked in the back yard of the Orioles is owed massive amounts of money by the Orioles-controlled broadcast network that covers the spot where the MLB parked the team that MLB has a financial interest in...........


The Duffle Bag

Ellen Degeneres does a cool thing with Clayton Kershaw. This is something that she should do with Mike Trout..........Freddie Freeman working on his son’s bat flip game..........I assume that these are Fenway Park’s elite seating? The place where people go to be seen? People who have no actual experience playing the people’s game?............When I was a child (this was around 1960) a small plane flew over my city of Norwalk, CA. and dropped thousands and thousands of ping pong balls, each with some prize coupon within. My father had us running all around the neighborhood checking bushes for more prizes. Then the FAA stepped in and stopped those shenanigans. Well, look what’s back................John ‘scumbag’ Wetteland update. He pleads not guilty. Because of course.................