LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Crawl Into Wild Card Hunt
LA Dodgers defeat Milwaukee Brewers 5-4. The Dodgers responded to the Brewers three-run bottom of the fourth inning right away by getting three runs for themselves in the top of the fifth. While Andre Ethier hit a solo homer off of Brewers’ starter and former Dodger Randy Wolf (L, 10-10) in the third inning to start off the scoring, the story for the Dodgers was their doubles. Manny Ramirez and Ryan Theriot hit two apiece while James Loney and Casey Blake hit one each to help back Hiroki Kuorda (W, 9-11) who went seven innings giving up the four Brewers runs. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect eighth inning and a combination of Ronald Belisario, George Sherrill and Octavio Dotel (S, 22) pitched a perfect ninth. The Dodgers are now 3-0 with Manny Ramirez in the starting lineup and are a manageable 5 ½ games back in the wild card race.
LA Angels defeat Tampa Bay Rays 12-3. It seems the Angels were saving all of their offense for this game. Already leading 4-1 in the third inning, Mike Napoli hit his second career grand slam off of Jeff Niemann (L, 10-4) to give the Angels the 8-1 lead. I guess going .065 (3-for-46) with runners in scoring position in their last five games wasn’t going to last going 7-for-19 in this game. Dan Haren (W, 9-12) got his second win for the Angels in seven games started while Niemann only went one out into the fourth inning after giving up 10 runs. Napoli had a career-high six RBI while Howie Kendrick had a career-high five hits.
Manny on Waivers. Reports coming out of the Dodgers are that general manager Ned Colletti has put Manny Ramirez on waivers. Teams have until Friday to claim Ramirez at which point the Dodgers can work a deal with the claiming team, rescind the request or just allow the claiming team to assume his contract. Also reportedly put on waivers are Casey Blake, Scott Podsednik and Jay Gibbons.
18-Game NFL Season? As the NFL owners in Atlanta approved Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke’s purchase of the St. Louis Rams, they also agreed that they would love an 18-game season. Actually they would like the revenues that come with an 18-game season. The players obviously don’t see it the same way being paid the same amount and taking an even larger risk of injury. This season marks the final season of the current collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners. All signs are pointing to some heated negotiations with the worst case scenario of a player lockout for the 2012 season becoming a distinct possibility.
Kings on National TV. Coming off of their first playoff showing in eight seasons, the Kings will be on national television seven times with two games broadcast on NBC. They are as follows:
- 10/25 at Minnesota Wild on Versus at 5:00 pm.
- 12/13 at Detroit Red Wings on Versus at 4:30 pm.
- 1/3 vs. Chicago Blackhawks on Versus at 6:00 pm.
- 1/17 at Dallas Stars on Versus at 5:30 pm.
- 2/13 at Philadelphia Flyers on NBC at 4:00 pm.
- 3/13 at Dallas Stars on NBC at Noon.
- 4/4 at San Jose Sharks on Versus at 7:00 pm.
The Kings will kick off their 2010-11 campaign with their second annual LA Kings Hockey Fest which takes place on Saturday, September 11 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Heidi Androl and Patrick O’Neal will host the festivities which will include “State of the Kings” speaker series with general manager Dean Lombardi, assistant general manager Ron Hextall, VP Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon and head coach Terry Murray.
Luc Robataille, Bernie Nicholls and Marty McSorley will be featured in “The Life of a King” speaker series while a “Kids Press Conference” will allow children to ask several current Kings players questions directly.
The Fest will culminate with a pep rally on the ice rink. Tickets for the event are $15 for season tickets and partial plan members and $20 for the general public.
The Kings begin training camp on September 18 in El Segundo with their first preseason game visiting the Colorado Avalanche on September 22. The Kings open their season visiting the team they last faced: the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, October 9.
LA Dodgers (65-62) at Milwaukee Brewers (59-67). Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.63 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (11-5, 3.28 ERA). 11:10 am FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.