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LAst Night's Action: Another Dodger Comeback

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FRAGILE: HANDLE WITH CAUTION. Note to the players. Please be careful with Nomar so he doesn't break. AP/Chris Pizzello

LA Dodgers defeats Philadelphia Phillies 7-6. The Dodgers do it again. They comeback from a 6-1 defecit after two innings to tie it 6-6 off of a Jeff Kent two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. While they could have shut the door closed, they would go into the ninth inning with a tie game. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth inning getting two strikeouts, and a familiar hero came up to bat with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Yes, the Nomar Garciaparra that hit a walkoff homerun in that 4+1 homer game in 2006 came up big again with a line-drive homer that carried ever so delicately into the Dodger bullpen. That walk off homer gave the Dodgers the share of the lead in the Loser's Division, and all is well in Chavez Ravine.

Seattle Mariners defeat LA Angels 10-7. Francisco Rodriguez blew his fifth save of the season in the ninth inning with the Angels leading 6-4. He gave up three runs to give the Mariners the lead. Mark Teixeira would save the Angels and get a solo homer off of Mariner's closer JJ Putz to send the game to extra frames. But in the twelfth inning, shaky reliever Justin Speier proved his unease by giving up another three-spot to the Mariners. This time there would be no savior for the Angels as they inexplicably give the game away.

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Technical Difficulties defeats Jimmy Bramlett & Kamenetzky Brothers' podcast. Yup. To be rescheduled.

Notable Notes

  • Very very interesting news coming out of the Red Sox that could very well affect the Dodgers as reported by Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman. The front office in Boston seems to be divided into two different camps: owner John Henry and GM Theo Epstein on one side and president/CEO Larry Lucchino on an island by himself. Lucchino, who is known to be difficult, helped the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres build new ballparks during his tenure with those team. Not to mention he also helped the Boston Red Sox become relevant once again.

Everyone knows Dodger owner Frank McCourt's penchant for the Red Sox. Nomar Garciaparra, Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, Manny Ramirez and Grady Little among some of the migrants. Let's not forget during this offseason Charles Steinberg came over from the Red Sox to head the PR for the Dodgers. Steinberg was one of Lucchino's allies in the Red Sox front office, so you put two and two together.
It must be noted that all of this is premature conjecture, but it is something to keep in the back of the mind during this offseason.

  • In one of the most horrific visuals from the Olympics, the Daily Mail in London has a photo montage of Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai elbow dislocation mid lift. It actually turned my stomach inside out.
  • To end things on an uplifting note, ESPN's Dana O'Neil wrote a story about members of IUPUI's men's basketball team and coaching staff traveling to Peru to distribute shoes to impoverished regions. In this age of cynicism, we all need stories like this to ground us.
  • Tonight's Action

    LA Galaxy at Chivas USA. With the end of the season within reach, both teams need points to get into postseason contention. So now won't be a nice time to dump your coach and GM, right Galaxy? Oof. It's the final match of the Superclasico and beware of me roaming around aimlessly. 8:00 pm ESPN2.

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    Philadelphia Phillies at LA Dodgers. Brett Myers gets the start for the Phillies against Hiroki Kuroda. The Dodgers go for the four-game sweep. 7:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.