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Cincinnati Reds (9-12) defeat LA Dodgers (8-12) 8-1. After getting 15 hits yesterday, the Dodgers decide to be generous and give up 15 hits. Starter Hong-chih Kuo (0-1) was awful making 80 pitches in 3 2/3 innings giving up five runs. Meanwhile Red's young starter Edinson Volquez (3-0) went seven innings giving up one run on three hits.

Boston Red Sox (15-7) defeat LA Angels (12-9) 7-6. After starting out strong, Angel's starter Jared Weaver (1-3) blew a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning giving up a scoring single by David Ortiz and a two-run homer by baseball's ugliest man Kevin Youkilis to tie the game. Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett was scratched from his start due to flu-like symptoms and a sore neck.

Notable Notes

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Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long has reached a deal with the Miami Dolphins to be their first overall draft pick in this weekend's NFL draft. Although details weren't announced, it is believed that it is a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $30 million and total $57.75 million. This would make Long the highest paid lineman in the NFL.

Someone cue Tom Petty's "Freefallin'". The Seattle Seahawks released their 2005 NFL MVP running back Shaun Alexander. After setting an NFL record with 28 touchdowns, leading his team to the Super Bowl following the 2005 season and getting a $62 million dollar contract as a reward, the last two seasons have been injury plagued and ineffective for Alexander. The 30-year old Alexander will now give way to an overloaded backfield which includes off-season acquisitions Julius Jones and TJ Duckett.

Can someone please punch ESPN's Steve Berthiaume in the throat? If I have to listen to him saying, "Say hello to my little friend," in his horrible Tony Montana voice one more time when announcing a homer on Baseball Tonight, I think I personally travel to Bristol, CT and rip his throat out. Never mind the fact that we the baseball consuming public have to be forced to listen to the "analysis" of John Kruk. All I want to see are the highlights for fuck's sake.

Tonight's Action

Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. I'm not saying the Lakers will have any sort of let down tonight. I just want to see them play a more consistent defense. That's it. 7:30 pm FSN West, TNT, AM 570 KLAC.

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Arizona Diamondbacks at LA Dodgers. The Dodgers come back home to maybe hit the cover off the ball or just sleep walk through the game. I don't know which. I give up. 7:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels at Boston Red Sox. Jon Garland (2-2) starts on the mound for the Angels against the butt-waggling undefeated Daisuke Matsuzaka (4-0). 4:00 pm KCOP 13, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Tom Uhlman