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Rob McMillin

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    In case you missed it, the Angels are on one heck of a tear, going 19-6 so far in July. Prior to this one, the Angels hadn't posted a winning decade once in its history, so you might be surprised to learn that even if they close out tonight's game against the A's with a win and finish 20-6, they still wouldn't break the team record for the best month in club history. That...
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    Way back when, back on July 7, the Angels were dead last in the AL West, and ESPN's Keith Law recommended the Angels look toward 2007 and throw in the towel on 2006. Of course, a short note to Law revealed he had written the piece at the end of June when the team was seven games out and playing through a miserable stretch. Lackluster, error-prone, and unable, in Tommy Lasorda's memorable phrase, to...
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    If it's trade rumors you're after, this is a remarkably weak season for them. With about 20 teams in at least theoretical contention, almost nobody is selling, and almost no club is in a position where fixing one weak position will vault that team over their division rivals. With only six days left until the trade deadline (after which players are required to clear waivers), the list of likelies is shrinking faster than the...
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    One of the problems of writing about a bad team is that generally it's hard to say anything new about what's going wrong with the team. Usually, it's the same failures by the same players day in and day out, and after a while, everyone looks listless, the hitters press, and the pitchers can't make outs. The Dodgers, losers of ten of eleven games since the All-Star break and 6-14 in July, have had...
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    After a perfectly wretched first half, the Angels concluded their run into the All-Star break on a tear, taking three straight from Oakland. They started their second half just as hot, sweeping the mostly hapless Tampa Bay Devil Rays at home, despite some peculiar moves by Mike Scioscia, who apparently likes to announce his intention to use the suicide squeeze so often they're thinking of putting the hotline on speed dial. The Angels then...
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    Through complete happenstance, the Angels and Dodgers both ended up at the All-Star break two games behind their respective division leaders. Both are flawed teams, yet both play in flawed divisions in which no team is truly out of the chase, but none has established itself as the one to beat, either. In the American League West, everybody's got something to kvetch about:...
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    There's a rumor going around A's circles that Milton Bradley has super powers, chief among them the ability to cause otherwise sensible general managers to trade him for valuable prospects, in this case, Andre Ethier. Ethier's had some very good moments in a Dodger uniform lately, including his 4-5 night in Monday's 10-4 pounding of the Snakes, and a solo homer in yesterday's 5-4 victory. Brad Penny notched a career-best 10-2 start with yesterday's...
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    The Dodgers weren't exactly limping going into Angel Stadium; after all, getting swept on the road isn't the most noteworthy stumble, and besides, they'd swept the lowly Pirates and salvaged the last game of the Seattle series just before that. Despite losing the division lead to San Diego, it wasn't like they were hopelessly out of first; even the division-trailing Diamondbacks were only four and a half games out, and nobody had really made...
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    On Friday, the Angels designated Jeff Weaver for assignment and gave his rotation spot to little brother Jered. Jered had been lights out in his previous stint with the club, going 4-0 in his first four starts; the only other Angel ever to do so was Cy Young winner Dean Chance. Jeff, by contrast, had given the Angels only three wins over sixteen starts, although in some fairness, some of that can be laid...
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    You can certainly forgive the Dodgers for losing this series; flying to Minneapolis with no scheduled travel day, they collided head-on with the hot, hot, hot Joe Mauer and two of the Twins' best starters, rookie Sandy Koufax impressionist Francisco Liriano, and Cy Young candidate Johan Santana. The discombobulated Dodgers couldn't hit their stride offensively or pitch well at any time. Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers' promising rookie who was brought up to stabilize the...

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