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LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. Not one person can accuse Clayton Kershaw as being the reason the Dodgers are not in the playoffs. He flirted with another complete game shutout this month, but a single by Chris Johnson and a double by Tony Abreu that scored Johnson ended that. With nothing playoff related determined by the outcome of this game, the Dodgers played a lot of young guns and Trent Oeltjen rewarded them with an RBI triple in the third inning for the game’s first score. Jay Gibbons hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning after Andre Ethier led off the inning with his first triple of the season.

Chicago White Sox defeat LA Angels 2-1. Yet another blown save loss by closer Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning.

New York Red Bulls defeat LA Galaxy 2-1.

NOTABLE NOTES

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Bynum Just Wanna Have Fun. I hardly begrudge a person to have some fun while hanging out in Europe and in South Africa for the World Cup right after winning a championship for the Lakers. I just have a problem for that person to put off necessary off-season surgery that will prevent him from activity in training camp, preseason games and even the start of the season.

As Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register broke on Thursday Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum, “put off having offseason surgery on his right knee so he could play - and we're not talking about playing basketball.” Rather than hobble around on crutches while abroad, he decided that his fun was more important than getting ready for the upcoming season.

Of course Lakers’ fan know this modus operandi very well when Shaquille O’Neal delayed toe surgery before the 2002-03 season. The result of that season? Loss in the second round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs.

What Bynum does to have fun doesn’t concern me if he’s not endangering himself or the public. But when it interferes with his job, then we’re going to have problems.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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#20 USC Trojans (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) at Washington State Cougars (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10). Noon FS Prime Ticket, AM 710 KSPN.

UCLA Bruins (1-2, 0-1 Pac-10) at #7/4 Texas Longhorns (3-0, 1-0 Big 12). 12:30 pm ABC, AM 570 KLAC.

LA Dodgers (75-79) at Arizona Diamondbacks (62-92). John Ely (4-8, 5.00 ERA) vs. Daniel Hudson (6-1, 1.65 ERA). 5:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Chicago White Sox (81-72) at LA Angels (75-78). John Danks (13-11, 3.80 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (9-14, 5.84 ERA). 6:05 pm KCOP13, AM 830 KLAA.

Chivas USA (25 pts., 7-12-4) at Philadelphia Union (24 pts., 6-11-6). 1:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, Telefutura (en español), AM 690 W Radio (en español).