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LAst Night's Action: Angels Power Past New York

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LA Angels defeat NY Yankees 10-2. Making his first start for the Angels since September 29, Sean O’Sullivan (1-0) filled in from the bullpen for a struggling Scott Kazmir and did a good job. It didn’t look good in the first inning when Sullivan gave up two runs including a Nick Swisher solo homer, but the only thing he gave up the rest of the way was a walk in the fifth inning to Brett Gardner that was erased by a double play ball hit by Derek Jeter. Meanwhile the Angels busted out of the yard with two-run homers by Maicer Izturis in the fourth inning, Mike Napoli in the sixth inning and Hideki Matsui in the seventh inning. The impressive Phil Hughes (11-3) was anything but giving up six runs his five-plus innings pitched.

San Francisco Giants defeat LA Dodgers 7-5. Read my recap of this mess of a game.

NOTBALE NOTES

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL. The Ilya Kovalchuk story has not ended. After agreeing to a 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils that would keep him in Newark until he was 44 years old, the NHL in a surprising show of backbone invalidated the contract for circumventing the salary cap. The LeBron James of the NHL, Kovalchuk flirted with the Kings and the Kontinental Hockey League of Russia before deciding to re-sign with the Devils.

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According to the Star-Ledger, the contract was structured as follows:

2010-11: $6 million
2011-12: $6 million
2012-13: $11.5 million
2013-14: $11.5 million
2014-15: $11.5 million
2015-16: $11.5 million
2016-17: $11.5 million
2017-18: $10.5 million
2018-19: $8.5 million
2019-20: $6.5 million
2020-21: $3.5 Million
2021-22: $750,000
2022-23: $550,000
2023-24: $550,000
2024-25: $550,000
2025-26: $550,000
2026-27: $550,000

In the NHL the salary cap hit is determined by the average salary throughout the term of the contract making the cap hit for the Devils $6 million per season.

The NHL players association can protest the ruling and send it to arbitration. If not, the team can restructure the deal or Kovalchuk can go on the free market yet again. Kings fans, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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San Francisco Giants (52-42) at LA Dodgers (49-45). Barry Zito (8-4, 3.51 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (7-5, 4.61 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (51-45)at NY Yankees (58-34). Joel Pineiro (10-6, 3.95 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.45 ERA). 10:05 am FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.