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LA Dodgers defeat Washington Nationals 7-3. I don’t know if anyone realized that today was Stephen Strasburg’s season debut for the Nationals. Just about a month ahead of schedule from Tommy John surgery and limited to 60 pitches, he really packed the Washington crowd into the stadium. All 29,092 of them. Well, maybe the shitty weather dictated the attendance more than anything else, but still.

The primary story of the evening was Strasburg’s successful return. He made 56 pitches in five innings and shutdown the Dodgers on two hits and four strikeouts. That was good especially while the Nationals built a 3-0 lead in the second inning off of Ted Lilly.

Then the Dodgers went to town on the Nationals’ bullpen. In the sixth inning they took Doug Slaten and Brad Peacock to town tying the game 3-3.

Everything came to a halt with two outs in the top of the seventh inning with a 31-minute rain delay. When the proceedings resumed, the Dodgers ended their streak of scoring three or fewer runs of the last three games thank to RBI doubles from Rod Barajas in the eighth and Andre Ethier in the ninth.

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Almost uncharacteristically Javy Guerra labored in the ninth inning. Two singles and a walk had the bases loaded with one out. Guerra struck out Michael Morse looking and got pinch hitter Corey Brown to fly out to deep left field to end the game.

With the San Francisco Giants also getting a win, 5-3 in San Diego, the Dodgers remain 5 ½ games behind the Giants for second place in the NL West.

So what does all of this prove? That in four hours it is indeed possible for at least one decision to be made in our Capitol. Now it’s your turn Democrats and Republicans.

Seattle Mariners defeat LA Angels 2-1. As awful, disconnected and comical as the Seattle Mariners are, the reigning AL Cy Young winner is dead serious. While his numbers aren’t as good as last year’s, he still is the only credible arm in that rotation. He proved that yet again holding the Angels to one unearned run in eight innings of work.

Ervin Santana didn’t allow an earned run either. However with four errors, the Mariners scored two runs. And that was it.

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Too bad the Angels are still chasing the Texas Rangers. And with the Rangers’ 8-0 win in Tampa, the Angels fall further behind to 3 ½ games in the AL West. And with a team that can’t hit and can’t field, their pitching needs to be on the caliber of the 1968 season if they want to do some damage. Since I value my life, I will not be holding my breath.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers at Washington Nationals. 4:05 p.m. KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.