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LA Angels defeat Tampa Bay Rays 6-3. The Angels’ light weight hitters have now come through twice in their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. After Brandon Wood hit the game-winning homer in the ninth inning Friday night, Peter Bourjos, whose batting average is also below the Mendoza line, broke the 1-1 stalemate in the fourth inning with a three-run homer. An RBI double by Hideki Matsui in the fifth inning and a solo homer by Bobby Abreu in the seventh helped beleaguered Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir (W, 9-14) notch a win over his former team. The Rays made it interesting with a run in the eighth off of Matt Palmer and a run in the ninth off of Michael Kohn, but Jordan Walden got Carl Crawford out for his first Major League save. Rays’ starter Jeff Niemann (L, 10-7) took the loss giving up the five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 7-6 (11). Read my recap of the game.

Kansas City Wizards defeat Chivas USA 2-0. This was a scoreless match for the first 70 minutes including no shots on goal in the first half. Then Kansas City’s Kei Kamara scored unassisted in the 70th minute and assisted in Teal Bunbury in the 83rd minute.

NOTABLE NOTES

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Don’t Anger Touchdown Jesus. Hours after Michigan State head football coach Mike Dantonio went for a gutsy play in overtime in their game at Notre Dame, Dantonio suffered from a heart attack the AP reported. Dantonio had a stent put in a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart. According to a press release issued Sunday morning by Michigan State:

Shortly after Michigan State's 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio was admitted to the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Room early Sunday morning, with symptoms consistent with a heart attack. Dr. Chris D'Haem, DO, an interventional cardiologist with Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) and Sparrow, performed a cardiac catheterization procedure on Dantonio. This "relatively common" procedure used a small, metallic stent to open a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart.

"The procedure was successful and blood flow to the heart muscle was restored," Dr. D'Haem said. "I'm very pleased with the outcome of the procedure. Coach Dantonio is resting comfortably following his procedure and is expected to make a full recovery.

"He is young, in excellent shape, and the damage to his heart was minimal. Coach Dantonio made the right decision to come in and get checked out immediately.”

Dantonio will remain at Sparrow Hospital for a few days for monitoring. His return to the sidelines will be determined at a later date.

During Dantonio's recovery, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the head coach.

After Notre Dame kicked a field goal in their frame of the first overtime period, the Spartans thanks to a sack lined up for a 46-yard field goal for inexperienced kicker Dan Conroy. The Spartans got the play off just after the play clock expired, didn’t get flagged for it and faked the kick opting for a 29-yard touchdown to Charlie Gantt.

Fulmer vs. Kiffin. Former Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer doesn’t like Lane Kiffin. Now working as an analyst for CBS on Saturdays, Fulmer said during the half time show for the Florida-Tennessee matchup that Kiffin’s arrogant attitude turned people off in Knoxville. He added, “The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?" Yowza! I believe it is your serve Kiffin.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

Texas Rangers (83-65) at LA Angels (73-76). Derek Holland (3-3, 4.12 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (12-11, 2.96 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.