Author: Bill Baer

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Angels looking “inside and outside” for bullpen help


Angels closer Huston Street suffered an ugly-looking groin injury on Saturday night and the club is scrambling for bullpen help. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are looking “inside and outside the organization” for relievers, per GM Bill Stoneman.

Any reliever the Angels acquire from outside the organization would not be eligible for the post-season, if the Angels were to find themselves there. Vinnie Pestano, who spent most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, could be added to the 40-man roster. He had a 2.10 ERA in 34 1/3 innings with Salt Lake, but struggled in 11 2/3 innings at the major league level, allowing nine runs on 15 hits and eight walks with 13 strikeouts.

Street’s season is likely over. He’ll finish with a 3.18 ERA and a 57/20 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings while going 40-for-45 in save chances.

Jonathan Papelbon on attacking Bryce Harper: “I’m in the wrong there.”

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Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon took blame for his part in an altercation with outfielder Bryce Harper during Sunday’s eventual loss to the Phillies. Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Papelbon said, “I’m in the wrong there.”

However, as Janes adds, Papelbon also said that it’s important to “play the game the right way”. Papelbon was ostensibly irritated at Harper for failing to fully run out a fly ball in the bottom of the eighth inning, when the two teams were tied at 4-4.

Insinuating that the team’s best player —  the runaway MVP of the National League who’s putting up an historically-great season — doesn’t know how to “play the game the right way” is questionable at best. It’s even more questionable considering that Papelbon has only been a part of the Nationals’ culture for two months.

Manager Matt Williams didn’t have much to say about the incident. As John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reported, Williams said, “Certainly there’s a lot of testosterone flowing…This was a family issue, and we’ll deal with it that way.”

On sending Papelbon out to the mound in a 4-4 game immediately after fighting with Harper, Williams said, “It was a tied game. He’s our closer,” via Buzzfeed’s Lindsey Adler.

Video: Mike Trout makes an unreal catch to rob Jesus Montero of a home run

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout has turned home run robbery into an art form, and he put his artistry on full display on Saturday night against the Mariners. In the fourth inning, Jesus Montero hit what appeared to be a three-run home run off of Andrew Heaney, which would have put the Mariners further ahead at 5-1. But Trout paced back to the center field wall, just to the left of the 396 sign, before scaling it and reaching over to bring the home run back.

As ESPN Stats & Info notes on Twitter, Trout has robbed hitters of three home runs this year, leading the majors. He’s robbed eight home runs since 2012, which is two more than Carlos Gomez in second place.