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Atlanta Braves defeat LA Dodgers 4-3. It looks like the two closers Joe Torre had in mind to replace Jonathan Broxton temporarily didn’t quite work out. After Chad Billingsley’s seven-innings of one-run ball, Torre had Hong-Chih Kuo come in for a two-inning save. The eighth inning was no problem for Kuo in his usual spot as he retired the side in order, but the ninth inning was a disaster. Singles to Alex Gonzalez and Brian McCann and a walk to Brooks Conrad loaded the bases, and Torre put in Octavio Dotel. A bases loaded walk to David Ross to cut the Dodger lead to 3-2 and then the cherry on top: the milkman Melky Cabrera singled to left field for the walk-off win. For those keeping score, no decision for Billinglsey, loss to Kuo and a blown save to Dotel. The loss puts the Dodgers 11 games behind the San Diego Padres in the NL West and seven games behind the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants for the wild card with eight weeks left in the season.

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Dodgers sign first-round pick. After allegations of the Dodgers trying to save money by drafting an unsignable pick in the first round, the Dodgers have come to terms with high school standout Zach Lee minutes before the 9 pm PDT deadline. Lee was recruited by LSU as a quarterback for their football team had already began camp for the Bayou Bengals. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Lee received a $5.25 million bonus spread over five years. A standout right handed pitcher, Lee fell into the Dodgers’ laps at 28th overall because other teams were afraid Lee preferred to be a quarterback making him unsignable. Even Logan White, the Dodgers’ assistant general manager overseeing the amateur and international scouting, admitted during the last homestand that, “if we don’t sign him it’s not because we can’t afford him.”

“It’s going be a tough decision that comes down to the wire.” White is nothing but honest, no?