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The Juice: Vladimir Guerrero reminds Angels what they've missed

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Disneyland, where Texas Rangers slugger deluxe Vladimir Guerrero(notes) went all Dumbo Ride against one of his former teams.

Game of the Day: Rangers 6, Angels 4

Used Angel: Let's see here, Vladimir Guerrero. A grand slam, a solo home run and a double to go 4 for 4 with five RBIs. Three home runs in the first two games back at Angel Stadium since leaving. For the season: 18 homers, 68 RBIs (oh, my) along with a .339 batting average and a .962 OPS. Excellent marks indeed.

It was a spectacle to behold

Replacement value: All right, Hideki Matsui(notes). ... What do you mean your dog ate your season?

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia sees a different Vlad than the one who left Anaheim via free agency a few months ago.

"He's as dangerous as any hitter in the game right now," Scioscia said. "He's obviously at a level we haven't seen in a couple of years, but it just goes back to his health and how he's feeling. … That's what he can do.

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Forgotten team: You know, Vlad was getting all of this SoCal love from Angels fans, as though Anaheim has been his signature city. Everybody knows that Vlad the Impaler was born a Montreal Expo, a distinction that endures beyond that franchise's unfortunate extinction.

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They Also Played ...

Royals 7, White Sox 6: You kind of had to see it, but what started as a great duel between Zack Greinke(notes) and Jake Peavy(notes) turned into a free-for-all. Jose Guillen(notes) hit a three-run homer, misplayed a fly ball and then made a ridiculous (probably game-saving) catch. Lots of excitement, especially for a Rawls game.

Reds 4, Phillies 3: Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce!

Mariners 7, Yankees 0: First Cliff Lee(notes) and now Felix Hernandez(notes) shuts down the Yankees with a complete game. Ryan Rowland-Smith(notes), whatcha got?

Pirates 2, Cubs 0: Who has two thumbs and the guts to call Chicago's Wrigley Field "The Land of Lincoln" after Brad Lincoln's(notes) first major league victory? THIS guy. ... The Bucs have won nine of 12 from the Cubs this season.

Rays 9, Red Sox 4: That's how you do it, Matt Garza(notes) (looking at you, James Shields(notes)).

Astros 5, Brewers 1: Wandy psyched.

Twins 5, Tigers 1: Slowey steady wins the race.

Orioles 9, Athletics 6: The frogurt, like the O's, is cursed.

D-backs 4, Cardinals 2: OK, bear with me. Rookie Barry Enright(notes) allowed a run over five innings to win his major league debut. Jack Barry and Dan Enright used to be game show producers — in fact they were the guys who inspired the "Quiz Show" movie about how the fix used to be in. In later years, Barry and Enright combined to create "The Joker's Wild." Back to the more recent past: Barry Enright had five walks — pretty wild, eh? OK, I'm done.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 1: The Jays seem to be running on empty, which isn't good, because there are three months left in the season.

Padres 13, Rockies 3: And that was WITHOUT Adrian Gonzalez(notes) in the lineup, suckaz.

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Mets 6, Marlins 5: Just so the Mets didn't have to say they went all of the way to San Juan, Puerto Rico and all they got was 25 lousy T-shirts, they pulled out the rubber game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Bien, says Mssrs. Roberto Alomar (above left) and Edgar Martinez.

Dodgers 8, Giants 2: It's Buster Posey's(notes) turn now. Bengie Molina(notes) is on the slowwwwww boat to the Texas Rangers.

Braves 4, Nationals 1: That was a little too easy for Jair Jurrjens(notes) in his return. The Braves are 28-9 at Turner Field — just how Ike would have liked it.

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