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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Defeat Peavy

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Matt Kemp being congratulated after his solo shot in the seventh inning. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 4-1. Manny Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run in the third inning thanks in large part to an errant pick-off play by Padres ace Jake Peavy. The game started off on the right foot for the Dodgers when Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson led off the game with consecutive singles. Matt Kemp would close out the scoring with a towering home run to deep center field in the seventh inning. Kemp also robbed Jody Gerut of a line drive double when he made a diving catch into the sunlight in the sixth inning. Despite having a shaky spring, Jonathan Broxton smoked the ball by the last three Padres hitters striking out two for a perfect ninth. This marks the second time Peavy has lost to the Dodgers, the first since 2003 when Kevin Brown was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers.

LA Angels defeat Oakland A's 3-0. Joe Saunders pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Angels start out the 2009 campaign on the right foot. Howie Kendrick meanwhile provided enough offense hitting an RBI single in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth inning. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-4 in his regular season debut with the Halos while striking out twice. Brian Fuentes in his first save situation for the Angels decided to forego the drama of his predecessor using 13 pitches to notch a perfect ninth.

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Calgary Flames defeat LA Kings 4-1. I guess the Kings should have saved some goals Saturday night for this game. They visit my ex-boyfriend Mike Cammalleri and go down in flames, so to speak. Cammalleri got back into form getting two points with assists to Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla in the second period. Wayne Simmonds got his seventh goal of the season for the Kings in the second period off of a Michal Handzus assist.

Notable Notes

  • Boo to!!!!!! While things were going smoothly during the Mets-Reds game, all hell broke loose. Video feeds dropped and a lot of annoying waiting happened while I tried to celebrate Opening Day at work watching baseball all day. While it was working though, the new NextDef technology was great. HD-quality live streams, live game DVR functionality, picture-in-picture capability - it was a blessing. Once they work on getting the servers all set right it should be a great way to watch baseball.
  • The Mets-Reds game was played in a brisk 37-degree conditions. That should be illegal.
  • Hanley Ramirez hit his first career grand slam in the Marlins opening day rout of the Nationals.
  • CC Sabathia in his opener for the Yankees got lit up by the Baltimore Orioles. Yes the Orioles. Sabathia gave up six earned runs and became the first Yankees opening day starter to give up five walks while getting no strike outs. Good thing he's not on my fantasy team.
  • The University of North Carolina won something.

Tonight's Action

LA Lakers at Sacramento Kings. 7:00 pm KCAL9, AM 570 KLAC.

Minnesota Timberwolves at LA Clippers. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 710 KSPN.

LA Dodgers at San Diego Padres. Randy Wolf vs. Chris Young. 7:05 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Oakland A's at LA Angels. Trevor Cahill vs. Dustin Moseley. 7:05 pm KCOP 13, AM 830 KLAA.

LA Kings at Edmonton Oilers. 6:00 pm AM 1150 KTLK.

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