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Dylan Bundy pitched a complete game victory and did so convincingly. Joe Maddon believes everything will even out for Jo Adell. He just needs some reps to know which ball is for Trout and which ball is his. On that note, Jo Adell was given a “routine day off” on Thursday. No. Wait a second. Now it’s “tightness in a quad.” Julio Teheran was a little jittery facing his first batter of the season, but he got it under control. Experience can help. When he gets stretched out a little better, he can be a good number three to go with Heaney and Bundy. Notwithstanding that I reported yesterday that Shohei Ohtani won’t be pitching any more this season, he does wish to be a two way player going forward.
Roster Reduction Thursday has come and gone and this link contains the 28 Angels survivors. His WHIP was nothing to write home about, but at least Cam Bedrosian kept opponents from scoring too much. There is no word yet when he will be back, but it has to be at least seven or eight more days. Which big budget long term roster would you rather be saddled with? Surprisingly, at the time of this writing the Angels are polling middle of the pack. The light can be seen at the end of the tunnel concerning the Pujols contract. Upton is fading into the sunset as well. If we could just shore up the bullpen we might have something to work with.
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MLB and the MLBPA agreed on some new safety rules and players or staff who violate the rules could face a season long suspension. I like the “no talking and eating at the same time” rule. Chew with your mouth closed please. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer exited his start early with a hamstring injury. This shortened Summer Camp training strategy is playing hell with pitchers. Kole Calhoun hit a two run inside the park home run. It’s nice having a guy in front of you who can run. He also walked off against the Astros Thursday night. Doing some amazing work! Christian Yelich also hit an inside the parker.
Welcome to Sounds of the Game, featuring Phil Nevin and Angel Hernandez. The story is in this link. An NSFW link is inside the story that leads to what Phil Nevin actually said to get ejected. Mike Ward also shared some choice words with the home audience. The rest of the Yankees, of course, wish there was some way they could get Angel Hernandez ejected.
The Blue Jays brought in a reliever who was not on their roster…
Oakland A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson was caught on camera making what appeared to be a Nazi salute. Upon being corrected, he quickly did it again. We will see what unfolds today.