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Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 8-7. No lead is ever safe at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Michael Young hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Rangers the 2-0 lead. The Angels responded by scoring five in the fourth. The Rangers added one in the bottom of the fourth and the Angels added two in the top of the fifth for the 7-3 lead. But the Rangers added another four-spot in the fifth inning to tie the game. All seven runs were given up by Angels’ starter Jered Weaver who hasn’t been shelled that bad since giving up eight in Baltimore last season on August 14. Coincidentally, Weaver also gave up seven in Texas last season on July 1. Trevor Bell came in relief of Weaver and gave up the winning run in the sixth inning on a Michael Young single. The Rangers bullpen shut down the Angels after Erick Aybar hit a two-out single in the sixth inning not allowing a baserunner.

LA Dodgers defeat Houston Astros 7-3. Check out Caleb’s recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

  • THERE’S NO QUITTING IN BASEBALL! Oh Hanley Ramirez, what a disgrace. Never mind most people only know him by name and have no idea what the hell he looks like, but it seems like he’s gotten a little too big for his britches. Thinking he’s irreplaceable, he casually strolls out to retrieve a ball that he booted. (see here.) Rather than apologize and realize the error of his ways, he’s showing the world that he’s butt-hurt.

    “It’s his team,” Ramirez told reporters before the Marlins’ game against the Diamondbacks referring to manager Fredi Gonzalez. “He does whatever he fucking wants.”

    And it gets even better.

    “That’s OK,” Ramirez added. “He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues.”

    So there’s a stalemate. Ramirez won’t apologize, and Gonzalez won’t play Ramirez until he does. And good for Gonzalez for refusing to allow that kind of play permeate his team. Too bad he’s going to get fired. I mean the Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria did fire the previous manager for telling Loria to stop harassing a home-plate umpire during a game when the umpire issued a warning. And Loria did for all intents and purposes cause the demise of the Montreal Expos. So heaven knows what he will do now. (Quotes by Palm Beach Post blogger Joe Capozzi.)

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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Phoenix Suns at LA Lakers. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Lakers lead series 1-0. 6:00 pm TNT, AM 710 KSPN.

San Diego Padres (23-16) at LA Dodgers (22-17). Jon Garland (4-2, 1.88 ERA) vs. Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 5.40 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (18-23) at Chicago White Sox (16-22). Joe Saunders (2-5, 4.96 ERA) vs. John Danks (3-2, 2.25 ERA). 5:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.