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June 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

More bad news for Angels, Rangers

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I’ll be at the KJR AM 950 studios this morning for Talkin’ Baseball at 8:30 a.m.
There isn’t much good I can say about last night’s Mariners game, other than, yes, the franchise did finally reach No. 5,000 in home runs and yeah, if Ichiro’s shot up the right field line was ruled “fair” in the second inning we might have had a different game. A famous line about what it would take for my aunt to become my uncle comes to mind.
In any event, for those of you looking for optimism about the AL West race, I can tell you that the only reason the Angels won last night was because the Colorado third baseman muffed a pair of eighth inning bunts with his team up by a run.
Also, from the Angels-have-no-pitching department comes this bit of news: Kelvim Escobar might be done for the year after five innings of work.
As for the Rangers, they lost again. Season-high fifth in a row. Remember that discussion about how relying on your hitting leaves you prone to streaks? Well, the Rangers don’t exactly have fantastic pitching — it’s better than in recent years, but still not outstanding — and so, when the offense isn’t obliterating opponents, they are vulnearable.
And right now, it seems, they are totally vulnerable.
So, while the M’s did not do themselves any favors last night, they remain 2 1/2 games behind both the Rangers and Angels. They may have shot themselves in the foot last night, but it turns out the bullets were plastic.
By the way, I couldn’t leave without throwing this story out there: I keep reading about how fans are not going to “accept” the steroids era any more and are mad at people who led them down a blind path when it came to drug usage throughout the past two decades. Fair enough. But are they really that mad? The reaction to Manny Ramirez’s minor league return last night leads me to wonder.
So, which is it? Are fans mad as hell? Or do they all — male and female — just dig the longball, regardless of how the balls are being hit? If so, do they share some of the responsibility for the Steroids Era in the first place? Because, as we all know, the blinders came off some time ago.

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