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Clippers defeat Seattle Sonics 102-84. Elton Brand's return from a torn Achille's tendon sparked the Clippers. Orginally slated to play just a few minutes to get back into game form, he ended up playing 25 minutes notching 19 points on 7-15 shooting off the bench.

Giants defeat Dodgers 2-1. The game started weirdly when both starting pitchers (Chad Billingsley for the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum for the Giants) were pulled due to the impending storm. Instead Hong-Chih Kuo and Merkin Valdez started for their respective teams. Then for some inexplicable reason both Lincecum and Billingsley were brought in just before a one hour rain delay. Pinch hitting in the bottom of the ninth, Slappy's bunt failed to advance Blake DeWitt and was thrown out attempting to steal second on a strike-out-throw-out double play to end the game.

Angels defeat Twins 1-0. In a game where offense was at a premium (isn't this the American League?), Angels pitcher Joe Saunders pitched a four-hit shut out through eight innings while making only 80 pitches. Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn went seven innings and gave a one run on a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh inning.

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Lakers defeat Portland Trail Blazers 104-91. The return of Pau Gasol saw the Lakers coming back from an early deficit. Gasol scored 10 points with eight rebounds, and all Lakers starters and Jordan Farmar scored in double-digits.

Tonight's Action

Angels at Minnesota Twins. Ervin Santana hopes to exorcise last season's demons while getting the start for the Angels against Kevin Slowey. It's an early game. 10:10 am FSN West, 830 KLAA AM

Clippers at Sacramento Kings. The Clippers despite their horrible record look to get their first season sweep of the Kings since the 1985-1986 season. 7:00 FSN Prime Ticket, 710 KSPN AM

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings. The Kings continue to drag this season on when the division champion Sharks come to town. 7:30 FSN West, 1150 KTLK AM

Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes. The Galaxy deal without striker Carlos Ruiz. Will David Beckham show up? 7:30 ESPN2, 1330 KWKW AM (Spanish)

Notable Notes

None tonight. I'm on Vicodin.

AP Photo by Kevin P. Casey