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LAst Night's Action: Angels Swept By Lowly Orioles
Baltimore Orioles defeat LA Angels 5-4. For the first time since 2003 the Angels were swept by the Baltimore Orioles. Angels’ starter Dan Haren was pitching a shutout until the sixth inning when he gave up a leadoff homer to Nick Markakis. The Orioles would score once more in the sixth on Felix Pie’s single and twice in the seventh. The Angels woke up in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4, but Cesar Izturis walked off with a single that brought in Julio Lugo for the winning run. The Angels will tuck their tails between their legs and head off to Detroit for a three-game series.
LA Dodgers San Diego Padres. Read my recap of the game.
Shannon Brown Back! The Lakers have re-signed guard Shannon Brown to a two-year deal that will pay him $2.2 million this year and a player-option for the second year worth $2.4 million. Several teams were wooing Brown, but he ultimately decided to stay with the Lakers. With all of the off-season deals, the Lakers league-high payroll will hover around $95 million this season.
Clippers Sue Mike Dunleavy. As anyone who pays attention to these things, the firing of a head coach or general manager is never the last word when it relates to the Clippers. In June former head coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy filed for arbitration in June because the Clippers halted all payments to him. There is $6.75 million remaining on his contract. The Clippers have now sued Dunleavy for fraud. The Clippers are alleging that Dunleavy fraudulently induced the Clippers into an employment agreement and that Dunleavy never intended to complete his contract as a head coach through the 2010-11 season. Remember this is the same organization that sued their 64-year old former head coach Bill Fitch for not finding another job.
What the Fruit?. Because he’ll be bitching at me endlessly for not saying anything, local sports talk hob-nobber Beto Duran of AM 710 KSPN will be on ESPN2’s “First Take” for a second morning. He will be featured on the “1st and 10” segment pitted against Erik Kuselias who is filling in for a vacationing Skip Bayliss. The product of those loathsome Carson High School Colts, Duran can be seen delighting press boxes across the city. And evidently he has opinions also. But that’s the biggest blurb he’s getting here since he refuses to give me a list of his favorite places to eat in LA after crying about how Caleb Bacon ran that story with Jason Smith.
LA Angels at Detroit Tigers. Jered Weaver (10-7, 3.04 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.74 ERA). 4:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.
Washington Nationals at LA Dodgers. John Lannan (2-5, 5.63 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.94 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.