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LAst Night's Action: Lakers on the Cusp of the Western Conference

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LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs 93-91. The Lakers started out strong posting a 22-8 lead in the first quarter. Though the Spurs would come back and tie the game many times, they just couldn't get over the hump. Manu Ginobli would be held to 2-8 shooting with seven points while Brent Barry had a career playoff high 23 points. Even with a career playoff day, Barry could not sell a foul by Derek Fisher beyond the arc at the end of the game to put the Spurs in the lead for the first time. Instead the Spurs are now down three games to one facing elimination at the Staples Center Thursday night.

LA Angels defeat Detroit Tigers 3-2. Here are two teams with wretched offenses. However the Angels are in first place thanks to their pitching. Starter Ervin Santana threw a complete game giving up only two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking no one. All of this on only 113 pitches. Meanwhile even with this superb outing it took some magic in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for Santana thanks to a Gary Matthews, Jr. walk-off single. At least that's more offense than Monday night's game where a scoreless game was won in the tenth inning by a walk-off walk.

Chicago Cubs defeat LA Dodgers 3-1. The difference between the Angels and the Dodgers? The Angels have better pitching. Even though Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings giving up only two runs one earned, it wouldn't be enough to give the victory to the Dodgers. As horrible as the Dodgers offense was at the beginning of the season, it was nothing compared to what the Dodgers look like now.

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Tonight's Action

LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers continue to be the red-headed ugly stepchild of the Lakers as Derek Lowe takes the mound against the big Z Carlos Zambrano. 5:05 pm KCAL9 (ESPN2 for those not in LA), AM 790 KABC.

Detroit Tigers at LA Angels. The Angels continue to go slow and steady as Joe Saunders looks for his ninth win for the Angels goes against Andres Galarraga. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Matt Slocum