LAst's Night Action: Newest Angel Bedevils Twins
Angels defeat Twins 9-1. Catcher Mike Napoli and first baseman Casey Kotchman had solo homers to demolish the Twins. Jon Garland pitched eight innings for the Angels giving up six hits and one earned run in the fifth on 95 pitches. 95 pitches! For today the Angels pitching gives a sigh of relief.
Dodgers defeat Giants 3-2. Dodger third base coach Larry Bowa almost ate umpire Ed Montague's head off after getting thrown out for being outside the coaching box. As Vin Scully said, "That vein in Bowa's neck could have held a screen up in the Coliseum." The Dodgers win 3-2 it on a walk off single by Delwyn "Pee Wee" Young in the ninth inning that brought Rafael Furcal home from second base. Derek Lowe left the game after getting hit in the left calf by a comebacker in the seventh inning. He has a contusion and is day-to-day.
San Jose Sharks over LA Kings 5-2. The Kings go to the Shark Tank and get killed. The Sharks had a total 34 shots-on-goal compared to 18 for the Kings. I'm sorry I forgot to mention this game last night. I'm new at doing this. I'll get the hang of it soon.
Striker Out. Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz is out for at least six weeks with a torn meniscus and ligament damage to his left knee suffered in the Galaxy's 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids in Denver Saturday night. The absence of the team's all-time leading goal scorer will test first year coach Ruud Gullit's ability to be flexible with formations. The Galaxy play in their home opener Thursday night against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center.
Further proof former USC quarterback Matt Leinart is a douche. While hanging out with buddy has-been Nick Lachey, Leinart was seen "rehabbing" his knee by getting in a jacuzzi with a bevvy of college-aged ASU students and holding up a beer bong for a girl. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was not happy.
Who's your Daddy? Former Dodger-for-a-second and current New York Met Pedro Martinez left in the fourth inning against the Florida Marlins with a strained left hammy. He made only 57 pitches, and the Marlins (with their 99-Cent-Store lineup) won with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth 5-4. Obviously the DL is Pedro's daddy.
Angels at Twins. Joe Saunders makes the start for the Angels after an impressive spring. Nick Blackburn takes the mound for the Twins. 5:10 KCOP 13, 830 KLAA AM.
Giants at Dodgers. The final game of the series has Chad Billingsley going against Giant's phenom Tim Lincecum. If there is one pitcher to watch in baseball right now, it's Lincecum. 7:10 KCAL 9, 790 KABC AM.
Trail Blazers at Lakers. The Lakers look to play the part of a dominant team when they face the Trail Blazers who give them fits. 7:30 FSN West, 570 KLAC AM.
Clippers at Sonics. I don't know what to say here. 7:00 FSN Prime Ticket, 710 KSPN AM.
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