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LA Angels defeat Seattle Mariners 7-4. The Angels looked like they would suffer a letdown after their weekend sweep over the Yankees by falling behind the Mariners 3-0. But aided with a Juan Rivera solo shot and Vladamir Guerrero two-run shot in the fifth inning, the Angels came back to show who's king of the AL West. They got three insurance runs in the eighth inning and just continue to steam through any and all comers who stand in their way. Just to show how dominant the Angels are, at the All Star Break they had a six game lead in the division. As of this victory the Angels have a 15 game lead, and at 75-43 have the best record in baseball. In related news, the Angels flagship station AM 830 KLAA (which is owned by the Angels) will be a radio affiliate for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.

LA Dodgers defeat Philadelphia Phillies 4-3. Winner winner chicken dinner! Phillies starter Cole Hamels made the Dodgers look awfully silly for most of the game. He retired 13 straight batters including a fourth inning where he made seven pitches. Great at-bat guys. But the Dodgers finally woke up with Andre Ethier hitting a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on a six pitch at-bat. Joe Beimel, who was honored with a bobblehead night, came out and pitched a perfect seventh inning getting a strikeout. With the win the Dodgers reversed an awful trend from the prior three games of blowing or being close to blowing leads in the ninth inning and later.

Notable Notes

  • One would have thought the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers played their game at Coors Field in Denver. But no, the Red Sox 19-17 victory over the Rangers was played in Fenway. The game seemed to be a laugher with the Red Sox taking a 10-0 lead in the first inning on David Ortiz's two Earl Weavers. But not only did the Rangers scrape back they managed to take a 16-14 lead in the seventh inning. The ugliest man in baseball Kevin Youkilis managed to save the day for the Sox hitting a two run shot in the eighth inning to give the Sox the lead for good. Watch out for the Sox in the AL East with Tampa Bay Ray's third baseman Evan Longoria out with a fractured bone in his right wrist. If he is out for an extended period of time, the Rays are in a lot of trouble.
  • The Michael Phelps orgy continues in Beijing with him winning the gold in 200m butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay. That makes five gold medals for him so far in this Olympiad and a total of 11 gold medals in his Olympic career, a record.
  • I know I'm very late with this, but here's a video of the LA Times' columnist Bill Plaschke eating dick: I know it doesn't involve kneepads, but it's still hilarious nonetheless. Included is a great Blair Witch Project -esque scene with Plaschke. I would make a funny retort, but I do have to admit I do like putting dicks in my mouth.

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Tonight's Action

Jimmy at Kamenetzky Brothers. I'll be on their podcast discussing the Dodgers and other assorted goodness. 11:00 am Purple, Gold and Blue Podcast.

Philadelphia Phillies at LA Dodgers. The Phillies send Joel Blanton to the mound against newly mohawked Brad Penny (who obviously is biting off of me. Asshole). 7:10 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners at LA Angels. The Mariners hope for better luck with Felix Hernandez against Ervin Santana. Talk about living on a prayer. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Gus Ruelas