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LAst Night's Action: Angels Having a Bad Time in Chicago

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Chicago White Sox defeat LA Angels 5-2. Another day, another rain delay for the Angels. After two hours, 20 minutes the first pitch was thrown for the Angels’ inevitable loss. Coming into this game White Sox starter Freddy Garcia was 14-3 against the Angels. With his six innings of one-run ball, make that 15-3 now. Angels’ starter Joe Saunders gave up all five runs on ten hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work to get tagged with the loss. Bobby Jenks got his 19th save of the season for the Sox in his perfect ninth.

Florida Marlins defeat LA Dodgers 4-0. Read my recap of the game.


BELI-SORRY-YO. Dodgers’ right-handed relief pitcher Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list due to personal reasons the Dodgers announced on Wednesday. Manager Joe Torre had no idea what’s going on.

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“I was given a heads up after the game last night, and it was nothing more than something involving him,” Torre said about his encounter with General Manager Ned Colletti after the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over the Florida Marlins Tuesday night.

Torre couldn’t elaborate on the details of the situation: why Belisario left; how long he would be gone.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I have not been told, so I can’t answer your questions.”

Belisario, a 27 year old Venezuelan native, was placed on the restricted list on March 26 after missing a month of spring training due to problems in obtaining his work visa. Since coming back to the team on April 21, Torre has had no problems with Belisario.

“He hasn’t been an issue, no disciplinary stuff that’s gone on,” Torre said. “He’s been here for us every day. I haven’t had a problem with him aside from a high slider here or there.”

Belisario was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last June in Pasadena which allegedly complicated his visa matters in the off season.

This move allowed Carlos Monasterios to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right index finger and Travis Schlichting to remain on the team.

“Obviously it takes a big chunk out of [the bullpen,]” Torre said. “The fact that he was the guy who was the seventh, eighth, ninth inning guy. Hopefully Schlichting can pick up the slack.”

LBJ-SPN. ESPN will be airing an hour-long program where LeBron James will disclose to the entire world where he will be signing. The 25-year old free agent can choose from any of the 30 NBA teams, but he spent time last week speaking to the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and his current team Cleveland Cavaliers. James’ camp will control the content and the ad sales of the program with all revenues donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Reportedly veteran sports journalist Jim Gray will begin the show interviewing James about his decision while Pardon the Interruption’s Michael Wilbon will do a longer interview later in the show. Personally, I would have liked to have seen the owners of the six teams in contention meet in the squared-circle for a Royal Rumble WWE style.

I got some reaction in the Dodger clubhouse about where James would end up. Catcher Russell Martin is convinced James will end up with Carlos Boozer in Chicago while manager Joe Torre summed it up the best: “I guess I’m supposed to care about it?"

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LA Angels (46-41) at Chicago White Sox (45-38). Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.95 ERA) vs. John Danks (7-7, 3.58 ERA). 11:05 am FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Chicago Cubs (38-47) at LA Dodgers (46-38). Randy Wells (4-6, 4.67 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.02 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.