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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers, Angels Squeak Through

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LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4. Chad Billingsley got racked for four runs on eight hits and three walks in the six innings he pitched against the DBacks. In that time the Dodgers managed to score a run in the first inning thanks to Andre Ethier's double. But after that, they tied a franchise record by hitting into five double plays. But in the eighth inning they patched together six singles and a walk to score four runs against three separate pitchers while managing to avoid the double play. While it was a great come from behind victory for the Blue, it by no means alleviates concerns of their inconsistent offense.

LA Angels defeat Seattle Mariners 3-2 (10). In a pitching duel Erick Aybar came through with two outs in the tenth inning with an walk off single scoring Bobby Abreu from third base. Scott Kazmir pitched well for the Angels going seven innings giving up only a solo homer to Franklin Gutierrez, the second batter he faced. Brian Fuentes came into the game in the ninth inning to get the save, but gave up the game tying homer to Mike Sweeney to lead of the inning. Fuentes would get pulled after walking two batters. Matt Palmer would get the side out in the tenth inning earning his tenth win of the season.

Notable Notes

  • Hall of famer and former Angel Rod Carew will be at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim today from 4 pm to 6 pm as a special guest on "The Drive" with Jeff Biggs on AM 830 KLAA. In between breaks he will answer questions from the crowd and give away 50 pairs of tickets to an upcoming Angels game.
  • The new AP and Coaches rankings are out, and USC jumped up to #3 in both polls thanks to Oklahoma's (who fell from #3 to #13 AP/#14 Coaches) loss to BYU (who rose from #20/#24 to #9/#12) on Saturday. Also notable is the Miami Hurricanes reentry to the polls after their 34-31 defeat of historic and ACC rivals Florida State. The Hurricanes are #20 in the AP poll and #22 in the coaches poll. They were last ranked prior to their 31-7 defeat against the Louisville Cardinals on September 16, 2006.

Tonight's Action

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LA Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks. Jon Garland vs. Dan Haren. 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Angels. Ian Snell vs. Jered Weaver. 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.