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LA Dodgers defeat St. Louis Cardinals 13-2. The Libyans took control over Muammar Gaddafi’s compound. There was a 5.8 earthquake in Virginia that could be felt all along the East Coast as they prepare for Hurricane Irene. The Dodgers bid adieu to catcher Dioner Navarro due to “philosophical differences”. So it just followed that the Dodgers would vomit up runs like a bloated supermodel wannabe after Thanksgiving.

The Dodgers exacted their revenge against starter Kyle Lohse who got the win on April 15 at Dodger Stadium with the Cardinals winning 11-2. In the first inning Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer, his career-high 29th homer of the season. The Dodgers then went crazy going on a two-out rally in the second inning bringing home four. Rod Barajas put the cherry on Lohse’s outing with a solo shot in the third inning. The eight runs Lohse gave up was his worst outing in about a year.

Barajas though didn’t let that stop him. He belted a three-run homer in the fifth inning off of reliever Mitchell Boggs and hit a ground rule double in the seventh inning off of Marc Rzepczynski. Then when Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa went cute in the ninth inning bringing infielder Skip Schumaker to pitch, Aaron Miles launched a two-run homer to pad the lead.

Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff though with an 11-run cushion and a humid 93 degrees lasting only six innings. But he didn’t need his best stuff since the Cardinals were doing a fine job of stranding runners. Blake Hawksworth was in line to get the three-inning save but loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. Hong-Chih Kuo allowed two runs to come home, but really who cares at that point? In addition to Monday’s win, the Dodgers have now secured their first series win in St. Louis since 2003.

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The only thing to wonder with the Dodgers was what exactly were the “philosophical differences” between the Dodgers and Navarro with the expansion of rosters due in less than two weeks? Maybe the .193 average?

LA Angels defeat Chicago White Sox 5-4. There was a lot of charity surrounding the Angels on Tuesday. Before the game there was a press conference with starter Jered Weaver announcing his new five-year contract worth $85 million before he is due to hit free agency. Rather than letting his agent Scott Boras try and find the astronomical deal he would have surely received in 2013, Weaver wanted to stay with an Angels with as little drama as possible.

All of the drama was saved for the game. The White Sox continued the charity in the first inning when errors by shortstop Alexei Ramirez and left fielder Juan Pierre gave the Angels a run to work with. The teams would eventually find themselves in the 4-4 stalemate in the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately for everyone Peter Bourjos hit a single with the bases loaded to send everyone home.

Just as the Angels were proclaimed close to dead here on this website, they have hope. Entering the day back only 4 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers thanks to a weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the Rangers loss to the Boston Red Sox and the win brought them to within 3 ½ games.

The Angels really need to stop making these games exciting. Victor Rojas might lose his voice or pop a blood vessel in his forehead.

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TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals 11:15 a.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Chicago White Sox at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Chivas USA at Portland Timbers. 8:00 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, KWHY, AM 690 W Radio.