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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers, Angels Offense Continue to Mold
San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 2-1. An Aaron Cunningham sacrifice fly in the second inning and an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double in the third marred Clayton Kershaw’s (L, 11-10) outing against the Padres. Padres’ starter Mat Latos (W, 14-5), a day after being scratched from a start against the Dodgers with flu-like symptoms, mowed through the Dodger lineup striking out 10 tying a career-high. Scott Podsednik finally sparked the offense in the sixth inning with a two-out double coming home on Rafael Furcal’s single. The Dodgers had a rally going in the eighth inning thanks to a leadoff double by pinch hitter Jamey Carroll off of reliever Mike Adams, but after Adams got pinch hitter Jay Gibbons to fly out closer Heath Bell (S, 39) came in and struck out Podsednik, walked Furcal and struck out James Loney to end the threat. By the way Kershaw had his second one-two-three first inning of the season, and the Dodgers fall under .500 for the first time since April 29.
Cleveland Indians defeat LA Angels 6-1. Errors and a punchless offense continue to haunt the Angels as a Shin-Soo Choo sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Indians the 1-0 lead against Trevor Bell (L, 2-5) and the Angels. Just as the Angels tied the game thanks to Torii Hunter’s leadoff homer in the fifth inning off of Indians’ starter Justin Masterson (W, 6-12), Travis Hafner responded in the top of the sixth with a leadoff homer of his own that was upheld after replay review. Lou Marsen in the same inning blew the game wide open with a grand slam against Angels’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
Bush Stripped?. This morning Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson and Jason Cole reported Tuesday morning that the Heisman Trophy Trust will rule that since USC tailback Reggie Bush was ineligible by the NCAA for the 2005 season he will be officially stripped of the Heisman Trophy by the end of the month. Bush will become the first player in the 75-year history of the award to be stripped of the award. The Heisman trust will leave the honor vacant for the 2005 season.
However later in the morning Rob Whalen, director of the Heisman Trust, told Paul Pabst, a producer of the Dan Patrick Show on Fox Sports Radio, that the Trust has not made a final decision on whether to strip Bush of the Heisman.
So to strip or not strip I suppose is the question.
College Football!!!! The new AP and Coaches poll have the Boise State Broncos ranked third in the nation after their close-call win against the Virginia Tech Hokies in hostile territory. AP has the TCU Horned Frogs ranked third and the Coaches Poll have them ranked fourth after their 30-21 win at Cowboy Stadium against the Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-10. So maybe, just maybe, if Boise State and TCU are the only undefeated teams in the country come the end of the season we might have a Boise State-TCU rematch in Glendale, AZ for the BCS National Championship Game. Boise State beat TCU 17-10 in the Fiesta Bowl back in January.
Kings’ Singles. The Kings announced on Monday that tickets for all 2010-11 regular season games will go on sale Thursday at 10 am at Staples Center. Tickets range from $31 to $131 and can also be bought on LAKings.com or 1-888-KINGS-LA. The Kings have their home opener at Staples Center on October 12 against the Atlanta Thrashers after starting the season on the road against the Vancouver Canucks on October 9.
In their 44th season, the Kings have announced a 97% season ticket renewal and have sold out tickets for certain price ranges. They are projecting a record season seat base in the Kings’ Staples Center history and record ticket sales numbers.
LA Dodgers (69-70) at San Diego Padres (78-59). Chad Billingsley (11-8, 3.54 ERA) vs. Cory Luebke (0-1, 7.20 ERA). 7:05 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
Cleveland Indians (57-82) at LA Angels (66-73). Josh Tomlin (3-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (8-13, 6.19 ERA). 4:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.