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?

The Padres rode a double-decker tour bus to AT&T Park

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On Sunday morning, the Padres planned to take a bus from their hotel in San Francisco to AT&T Park ahead of their afternoon game. The bus never showed. MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell reports that team director of player and staff services TJ Lasita flagged down an empty San Francisco tour bus, negotiated a rate, and got his players an impromptu ride to the ballpark.

The Padres’ Twitter account and Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweeted pictures and video:

The Padres and Giants are playing the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon. The Padres will then travel to Arlington for a series with the Rangers. The Giants will welcome the Rockies.