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NY Yankees defeat LA Dodgers 2-1. Both starters were on their A game, but it was the Yankee’s starter CC Sabathia (9-3) outlasting Vicente Padilla (1-2) in the opening game of this interleague series. Just as the sell-out crowd of 56,000 were making their way to their seats, Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the first with an RBI single that scored Furcal for the 1-0 lead. Padilla gave up the tying run when Jorge Posada singled Alex Rodriguez home. Both pitchers put up zeroes on the scoreboard thereafter until Alex Rodriguez hit an “A-Bomb” off of Padilla for the winning run in the sixth inning. Sabathia wound up pitching eight innings striking out seven while Mariano Rivera struck out Manny, Matt Kemp and James Loney for the save. Incidentally after Loney struck out home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected him after he threw his helmet in disgust.

Colorado Rockies defeat LA Angels 4-3 (11 innings).

NOTABLE NOTES

  • ANOTHER NO-NO? Who needs 1968? It has become clear that 2010 will go down as the definitive Year of the Pitcher with yet another no-hitter being thrown. This time it was the Arizona Diamondbacks Edwin Jackson tossing the no-no against his former team Tampa Bay Rays. And this was perhaps one the more improbable no-hitters as Jackson had walked seven batters in the first three innings. In fact he also hit a batter, made a wild pitch, walked another batter in the ninth inning and had an error committed by shortstop Stephen Drew in the eighth. But on the 149th pitch he made, Jason Bartlett hit a chopper up the middle for a close play at first to end the game. And this makes it the second time the Rays have been no-hit this season: the Oakland Athletics Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game on Mother’s Day May 9 in Oakland against them. They become the first team since the 2001 San Diego Padres to be no-hit twice in the same season.
  • USC DOTH PROTEST. USC has filed an appeal to the NCAA saying the sanctions were too severe and inconsistent with precedent. The Trojans are seeking to reduce the two-year postseason ban to just one year and the ten scholarship reductions per season over three seasons reduced to five per season for their football program. While all penalties can be stayed until the appeals process is completed, the Trojans will take the postseason ban for the 2010-11 season. USCFootball.com’s Dan Weber and Bryan Fischer posted a piece on Thursday about some of the NCAA mistakes while investigating assistant coach Todd McNair’s involvement and knowledge of Reggie Bush and his family taking improper benefits. Perhaps that will help USC out in their appeal.
  • US CHANCES. Now forgive me for sounding a bit optimistic, but the US has a good chance to make it to the semifinals of the World Cup. If the US beats Ghana on Saturday, they face the winner of Uruguay and my peoples South Korea on July 2. And if the US gets through that, voila! Semifinals! It’s not going to be easy by any means especially if they have to face a Uruguay team that has yet to give up a goal in the World Cup. But avoiding the favorites Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina and Germany until at least the semis makes it an easier road for our boys. One person who is overjoyed is midfielder Benny Feilhaber who came in as a substitute for Herculez Gomez in the second half of the US 1-0 win over Algeria on Wednesday. Take a look:

  • HOW VERY DICKENS. After playing the longest tennis match in history, John Isner played the shortest men’s match yet at this year’s Wimbledon. The 23rd-seeded American predictably went out without a whimper in his second round match against the unseeded Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. After recording 112 aces against Nicolas Mahut, Isner served none against de Bakker and was bagelled for the first time in his short Grand Slam career in the first set. After that first set Isner needed a trainer to tend to his stiff neck, but the physical and mental exhaustion from an 11+ hour match was too much to overcome. Nevertheless kudos to the former Georgia Bulldog who turned the normally calm first week of Wimbledon something enormous.
  • STYLE? The folks at Complex.com compiled a Top 50 list of athlete style fails.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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USA vs. Ghana. 11:30 AM ABC, AM 710 KSPN.

NY Yankees at LA Dodgers. AJ Burnett (6-6, 4.83 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 3.06 ERA). 4:10 pm FOX, AM 790 KABC.

Colorado Rockies at LA Angels. Aaron Cook (2-4, 4.82 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (5-8, 5.07 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 710 KSPN.

LA Galaxy at Toronto FC. 4:30 pm Fox Soccer Channel, AM 1150 KTLK, AM 1330 KWKW (en español).

FC Dallas at Chivas USA. 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, KWHY (en español), AM 690 W Radio (en español).