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Monkey with a Halo:
Last night, the Ray's Chris Archer fell apart against an Angels team that he absolutely dominated the week before. Tonight, it was Jason Vargas' turn to do the ol' switcheroo. A week after holding the Rays to just two hits in 7 innings, the Angels lefty struggle mightily with command, surrendering 10 hits and five runs before mercifully being yanked for a bullpen that didn't do much better.
Meanwhile, the offense predictably faltered against Rays left Matt Moore. One need not point to anything else, other than the fact that Erick Aybar is the no. 5 hitter in the batting order.
Rays 7, Angels 1
-- Mark Trumbo is a fan favorite. He is valued highly for his rare power. But after going 0-4 with two more strike outs on Tuesday, his season average is now at .235. That is .001 lower than Josh Hamilton's seasonal average. That is nuts.
-- Joe Blanton walked four batters in 3.1 innings. He is a terrible major league pitcher. Side note: I'm a big believer in GM Jerry Dipoto. I believe he's done a decent job and run into some bad luck with his high-risk moves. But if he loses his job this winter, Blanton will be the reason why. Absolutely horrible, horrible move, and there is no justifying this one.
Halos A-Hole of the Game
Rough game for Vargas. If nothing else, maybe it gives the Angels ever so slightly more leverage in contract negotiations with the lefty this winter.
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The September 4th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton out with sinus infection, Gutierrez batting bicep soreness and much more...
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The Angels are on a roll. A fun, enjoyable but ultimately meaningless roll. The bats stayed hot as the Angels got key contributions from different sources once again. This time it was Erick Aybar producing runs and making me forget what a terrible idea it is for him to be batting second. Even Peter Bourjos overcame his wrist problems enough to reach base three times.
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The September 5th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Anaheim OKs lease in face of Angels threat to move, the annoying J.B. Shuck for ROY campaign
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The Story: Anaheim city council approved moving forward in lease negotiations with the Angels in the face of subtle threats that the team could move out of Anaheim.
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Jered Weaver has rounded back into form as the season has worn on, but tonight, he didn't quite have his sharpest command. The ace surrendered two long home runs to Rays rookie Will Myers, and just didn't seem to ever get his fastball control quite where it needed to be. Still, the pitcher didn't really ever give in and battled the whole night through.