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LAst Night's Action: Angels Blow One in Detroit

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Detroit Tigers defeat LA Angels 3-2. Scott Kazmir started out shaky getting the bases loaded with one out in the first inning. However he held it together allowing only one run to score. The Angels tied things up in a strange fourth inning. Howie Kendrick hit a one-out single off of Jeremy Bonderman and advanced to second on a missed catch error by first baseman Miguel Cabrera on a pickoff attempt during Bobby Abreu’s at-bat. Abreu then hit a fly ball that while tailing away from right fielder Ryan Raburn slightly went in and out of his glove allowing Kendrick to advance only to third base. Raburn threw the ball to Cabrera who once again could not catch the ball allowing it to dribble back to the pitching mound. Kendrick went through third base coach Dino Ebel’s stop sign and scored to tie the game. The three errors in the one at-bat vaulted the Tigers past the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins to the top of the blooper-prone list in the Majors. The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of ninth when with one out and Scot Shields pitching for the Angels, Johnny Damon took a fastball to right field walking off with the game.

LA Dodgers defeat Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1. Read Caleb’s recap of the game.

Chivas USA tied Chicago Fire 1-1. Maicon Santos scored his first goal of the season for the Red and White in the 76th minute to tie the game.

LA Galaxy defeat Philadelphia Union 3-1. AJ DeLaGarza led the game off with the second quickest goal in Galaxy history just 53 seconds in the game. Edson Buddle scored in the 27th and 45th minute to give the Galaxy the 3-0 lead at halftime. The Union’s 17-year old striker Jack McInerney tried to make things interesting in the 84th minute with a goal, but the Union couldn’t compensate being a man down after Stefani Miglioranzi got a red card at the end of the first half.\

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Notable Notes

  • In the 136th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, Calvin Borel became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in four years riding Super Saver to muddy victory. Yet again “Bo-Rail” rode the rails like he did with the 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird last year to give trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby win in 25 tries. The second choice at 9-1 behind favorite Lookin At Lucky who finished sixth, he paid $18, $8.80 and $6 to win. Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre’s horse Homeboykris finished 16th with Sidney’s Candy who was second for most of the race ended 17th.
  • Dodgers outfielder prospect Andrew Lambo has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. This was a second positive test for “drugs of abuse” (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other non-performance enhancing narcotic) by the 21-year old Beverly Hills native which triggered the suspension.

Tonight’s Action

Utah Jazz at LA Lakers. Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. 12:30 pm ABC, AM 710 KSPN.

Pittsburgh Pirates (10-14) at LA Dodgers (10-14). Jeff Karstens (0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.36 ERA). 1:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (12-13) at Detroit Tigers (15-10). Jered Weaver (3-0, 2.53 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (1-2, 5.53 ERA). 10:05 am FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.