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LAst Night's Action: Angels Finally Beat the Red Sox

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LA Angels defeat Boston Red Sox 7-2. Looking to avoid going winless against the Boston Red Sox for the first time in their history, Alberto Callaspo’s RBI double and Hideki Matsui’s three-run homer in the sixth inning off of Josh Beckett (L, 3-3) gave the Angels the 4-1 advantage. It help to left Angel starter Ervin Santana (W, 13-8) whose only mistake was a hanging changeup left over the middle of the plate to David Ortiz that landed deep in right field. Santana ended up going seven innings being charged with another run in the eighth inning after leaving the game with the bases loaded an no one out. And instead of collapsing like they did in Wednesday night’s game, the Angels actually scored three more off of Beckett and reliever Manny Delcarmen in the seventh inning. The 1-9 record the Angels had against the Red Sox this season ties for the worst in franchise history with the 1999 team.

LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 2-0. Read my recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

The Secret Struggles. Freelance writer Steve Friess wrote a heartbreaking piece in the LA Weekly detailing the torment of LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels that led to his suicide in 2009. Friess delves extensively into how the breakup of his marriage to fellow LA Times sportswriter Lisa Dillman was another piece of the puzzle that led to his final decision.

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What Daniels did when she began her transition so publicly was very courageous, and as part of the LGBT community I really admired her for the boundaries she crashed through. I would have liked to say her transition back to Mike Penner surprised me, but it didn’t. But Penner’s suicide really shocked me, and to this day I can’t really put into words how it has affected me (as evidenced by my rambling here.)

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Angels (61-61) at Minnesota Twins (70-51). Dan Haren (1-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Brian Duensing (6-1, 2.00 ERA). 5:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Cincinnati Reds (70-51) at LA Dodgers (62-60). Homer Bailey (2-2, 4.92 ERA) vs. Carlos Monasterios (3-3, 3.72 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Note: It is still tentative that Monasterios will start.