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San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 6-1. On this day, the Dodger pitching couldn’t mask the somnambulant offense. Coming into this game the Dodgers starters had a 0.21 ERA in their last six starts giving up only one earned run in 43 innings. Well that streak had to end at some point with starter Hiroki Kuroda (L, 8-9) giving up three runs, the first runs since Vicente Padilla gave up a homer to Ike Davis of the New York Mets on Friday night. His inexplicable inability to throw a strike in the sixth inning led to his downfall when he gave up two runs to give the Padres the 2-1 lead. After a leadoff to Scott Hairston in the seventh inning, Kuroda was lifted. Hairston eventually scored on his brother Jerry’s double off of Jeff Weaver to give the Padres the 3-1 lead and tagging Kuroda with three earned runs. Jerry Hairston would score Chris Denorfia’s single off of Weaver for the 4-1 lead.

Travis Schlichting gave up two more runs in the eighth inning. Padres starter Clayton Richard (W, 8-5) and the Padres bullpen frustrated the Dodgers hitters after Jamey Carroll hit an RBI single in the third inning retiring the last 19 batters. On a positive note for the Dodgers, beleaguered reliever George Sherrill got two outs on the two batters he faced in the seventh inning sandwiched between Kuroda and Weaver. This is the second game appearance where he did not yield a walk or a hit.

Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 7-3. Ten minutes before the game, scheduled Angels starter Joel Pineiro was pulled with a left oblique strain that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Reliever Scot Shields was pressed to make his 15th start of his career and first start since 2003. While he lasted only 1 2/3 innings, the Angels bullpen had actually kept the team in the game with a 3-3 tie into the eighth inning. Then Fernando Rodney (L, 4-1) thanks to two walks and a bunt single to load the bases eliminated all of that with one pitch to Marco Scutaro that landed in the left field seats for the grand slam and the Red Sox 7-3 lead. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett (W, 2-1) and the return of his fastball kept the Angels to only three runs for his first win since April 10 in Kansas City.

NOTABLE NOTES

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PODSEDNIK A DODGER. The Dodgers traded for outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals for catching prospect Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel. The 34-year old Podsednik after a .304 batting average with 30 steals in 2009 is putting up a carbon-copy season this year with a .309 batting average and 29 steals. He has about $580,000 remaining of a $1.65 million salary this season and has a team option for 2011 for $2 million that can be voided if he gets 525 plate appearances - he’s at 421 entering today.

The 25-year old May was hitting .296 at AAA Albuquerque and the 21-year old Pimentel was 9-3 with a 3.49 ERA for Class-A Great Lakes.

Colletti has yet to bring in a pitcher a main point of concern, however as of today the Dodgers and the Phillies are the only teams left in the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes with the Houston Astros although the Phillies appear to be the leaders in the clubhouse right now. However the Dodgers are continuing to talk to the Chicago Cubs about starter Ted Lilly and the Pittsburgh Pirates about Paul Maholm. As for bullpen pitchers the Dodgers are interested in the Toronto Blue Jays’ Scott Downs, however a cheaper alternative and an old friend seems to have emerged: Joe Beimel of the Colorado Rockies.


Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott at the podium adorned with the new Pac-10 logo at a news conference in New York on Tuesday. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
PAC-10 CHANGES. On Tuesday Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott unveiled a new logo for the Pac-10 in preparation for Utah and Colorado joining the fold. Scott also announced that in 2011 the Pac-10 will be renamed the Pac-12 while in New York for an unprecedented media blitz. For too long the Pac-10 were content to sit and wait for the press to come to them. Rather than decry the “East Coast Bias”, Scott in his first full year as commissioner took his football coaches to ESPN to do publicity and in hopes to generate some revenue. According to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today during the 2009 fiscal year the Pac-10 generated $96.8 million in total revenue a far cry from the Big Ten’s $222 million - $72.1 million from the Big Ten Network alone. Against the other five BCS conference, the Pac-10 came dead last in revenue. So this aggressive step is a step that has been a long time coming.

As for the name change, the Big 12 and Big Ten will not be changing names. The Big 12 will soon have ten teams and the Big Ten will soon have 12. Go figure.

THE BUTLER DID IT. Forward Rasual Butler has re-signed with the Clippers. Despite not being able to find consistency last season, he did average 11.9 points. On April 4 against the New York Knicks he broke the Clipper franchise record for three-pointers made in a season making his 140th of the season. He wound up with 145 threes made out of 432 attempted, also a Clippers record. No word yet on the terms of the deal.

WRIGHT FOUND DEAD. The body of the missing former NBA forward Lorenzen Wright was found in a wooded area about 15 miles south of Downtown Memphis. The 34-year old Wright was last seen on July 18 and was expected to fly out of town. A missing person’s report was filed on July 22. Drafted by the Clippers in 1996, he played with them for three seasons averaging 7.6 points per game and 10.3 during the Clippers playoff run in 1997. He went on to play for the Atlanta Hawks (1999-2001, 2006-2008), hometown Memphis Grizzlies (2001-2006), Sacramento Kings (2008) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-2009) averaging eight points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

MLS STILL CLASS-A. After the Major League Soccer All Stars got spanked by Manchester United of the English Premier League 5-2 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, MLS has proven they are still nothing more than a minor league organization compared to the other soccer leagues of the world. And to help keep US soccer in its stagnant place, MLS commissioner Don Garber refuses to entertain offers sending Landon Donovan to Europe.

The ratings of the recent World Cup in South Africa has proven that Americans are willing to get into soccer low scores, offsides and all. And with games available on cable and satellite from the top soccer leagues in the world, Americans can watch great soccer on a weekly basis. However the problem with MLS is the often sloppy play that is the equivalent of watching the Inland Empire 66ers play Class-A baseball. Americans know who the great stars are and by deliberately keeping the best stars in America Garber and the MLS are intentionally sabotaging any credibility the Americans get in international play.

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It is admirable that the MLS aspires to be a soccer league on par with EPL, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. But right now they need to face the reality what they are: just a minor league operation trying to graduate from the kiddie table.

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD. A fan wearing a Miami Heat jersey of LeBron James to the Cleveland Indians game against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field in Cleveland had to be escorted out of the ballpark by security. With the Indians trailing the Yankees 8-0 in the sixth inning, the Indians’ fans in the left field bleachers decided to direct their ire at him. As he was being escorted, he goaded the jeers from the crowd as he stuck out his jersey with a smirk on his face.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers (54-47) at San Diego Padres (59-40). Vicente Padilla (4-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. Mat Latos (11-4, 2.48 ERA). 3:35 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.