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LAst Night's Action: Angels Fall Short in Seattle

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Seattle Mariners defeat LA Angels 3-1. Howie Kendrick’s ground-rule double in the eighth inning brought home Alberto Callaspo for the game’s first run. But Angels’ relievers Kevin Jepsen (BS, L, 2-4) and Francisco Rodriguez could not hold on to their slim lead as the Mariners essentially paper-cutted their way to three runs. Angels’ starter Dan Haren pitched on the edge for seven innings giving up seven hits and two walks but yielded nothing.

Philadelphia Phillies defeat LA Dodgers 8-4. Read my recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

Leinart Is Mad. Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart is angry about not being handed the starting job for the Arizona Cardinals. Derek Anderson was the starter in the Cardinal’s 14-9 preseason week three victory over the Chicago Bears over the weekend and completed seven of 12 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Leinart went 9-for-10 for 84 yards and a touchdown to Steve Breaston. As Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports:

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"I feel like I've outplayed the competition, training camp, preseason," [Leinart] said. "I think my play speaks about that. For me, this goes beyond the football field. "The philosophy is you want the best 11 guys to play. I feel like I've proved that with my performance. I don't really know what else I could possibly do, so it probably goes beyond football. For me, I just really want an explanation, and I haven't been given one."

While Leinart has outperformed Anderson in the preseason in a strictly numbers standpoint, Clark Judge of CBS Sports.com blogs that his teammates don’t have a lot of faith in him and that there is an outside possibility of him being cut by the Cardinals.

Isn’t it amazing how the mighty have fallen?

Meanwhile in other former Trojans’ news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Troy Polamalu had his hair insured by Head and Shoulders for $1 million.

BYU Independence. Taking a cue from Notre Dame’s long-standing independence in college football, Brigham Young University announced they will follow suit leaving the Mountain West Conference effective June 30, 2011. For all other sports, they will join the West Coast Conference. This is a blow to the Western Athletic Conference who hoped to lure BYU’s other sports after losing Fresno State, Nevada and Boise State to the MWC. However the eight schools that currently comprise the WCC are all private religious institutions with seven being Catholic and Pepperdine affiliated with the Churches of Christ which I’m sure can accommodate BYU’s absolute refusal to schedule games on Sunday.

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Chelios Is Done. The geriatric Chris Chelios has officially announced his retirement Tuesday at the age of 48 moving into the Detroit Red Wings front office. The defenseman played for 26 seasons with 948 points (185 goals, 763 assists) in 1,651 career NHL games. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981, he won three Stanley Cups, one with the Canadiens in 1986 and two with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008. Raised in Chicago, IL, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman three times in 1989, 1993 and 1996.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

Philadelphia Phillies (74-58) at LA Dodgers (68-65). Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.12 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (11-8, 3.01 ERA). 12:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (64-69) at Seattle Mariners (52-80). Trevor Bell (1-4, 5.07 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (9-7, 3.53 ERA). 7:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.