Bobby Abreu thinks he can pitch

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I was walking around morning workouts when I encountered Bobby Abreu throwing the ball with Torii Hunter in the outfield. Torii Hunter has nine gold gloves, by the way, so this exchange was a lot of fun.

Abreu: Don’t think about it. Just get the ball … [throws] … and release.

Hunter: Uh-huh.

Abreu: Perfect strike. Just get the ball … [throws] and release.  It’s nothin’.

Hunter: [said nothing, laughed a little, and then I imagined he rolled his eyes]

At that point, Abreu got the ball, went into a half-hearted windup as if he were pitching, and threw a strike to Hunter. He turned around at the coaches and players behind him with a smug look on his face, thinking he looked like Verlander or something.

Third Base Coach Dino Ebel:  “65 miles an hour”

Abreu: MY ASS!

Did I mention that the Angels seem like they’re having fun?

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.