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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Power Past Reds

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LA Dodgers defeat Cincinnati Reds 14-6. While Hiroki Kuroda has arguably been the Dodgers’ best starter early in the season, he wasn’t quite so sharp in his third start of the season. Fortunately the Dodgers offense continued to go on overdrive making up for the six runs Kuroda gave up. Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 going a homer short of the cycle, while both Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp homered. The Dodgers scored at least one run in every inning except for the fourth inning when they were retired in order. Surprisingly enough the Dodgers bullpen pitched 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run - the two runs that scored when George Sherrill gave up the single to Orlando Cabrera were charged to Kuroda. The Dodgers defense was also shaky with two errors which gave the Reds three unearned runs.

Detroit Tigers defeat LA Angels 4-3. Jered Weaver pitched another great game allowing only two runs in seven innings. Bobby Abreu hit an RBI single and Kendry Morales hit a two-run bomb in the first inning which looked enough to give the Angels the win. But Brian Fuentes came in to close his first game since coming off the disabled list. Miguel Cabrera homered to lead off the ninth and Ramon Santiago hit an RBI single to give the Tigers the 4-3 lead. Jose Valverde closed the game for the Tigers getting the Angels out in order.

Vancouver Canucks defeat LA Kings 6-4. You can read by recap here. The series is now tied 2-2 heading back up to Vancouver on Friday.

Notable Notes

  • Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s punishment from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was finally handed to him this morning: he will be suspended 4-6 games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was accused of raping a 20-year old woman in the bathroom of a Milledgeville, Georgia bar. Despite no charges being filed against him, the over 500 pages of documents used in the investigation were still tawdry enough to embarrass both the Steelers and the NFL.
    In addition to the suspension, Goodell mandated Roethlisberger must undergo a comprehensive behavioral evaluation after which he could get the suspension reduced to four games for good behavior.

    Roethlisberger has had a string of questionable decisions including getting into a severe motorcycle accident without wearing a helmet and another accusation of rape in Lake Tahoe. Not to mention the Pittsburgh locals, media and citizens alike, having a not favorable view of Roethlisberger’s douchebaggery around town.

    So it comes as little surprise that ESPN is also reporting that the Steelers have talked to several teams looking to trade Roethlisberger for a top-ten draft pick in this week’s draft. But at this point who will take him?

  • Late Monday night and early Tuesday morning the hubbub around baseball was that a 50-game suspension was going to be handed down to a star baseball player. Not a superstar mind you, just a name that everyone has heard of. It was then deduced somehow that it was going to be a starting pitcher who doesn’t pitch in New York. Late Tuesday morning the name finally emerged: Cincinnati Reds’ starter Edinson Volquez. Really? The guy underwent Tommy John surgery in August and isn’t due back until later this season. The suspension will run concurrently with his disabled list stint, so aside from some money lost what exactly is the punishment? This is a far cry from the media hubbub that surround Manny Ramirez’s suspension last year and for good reason: a young pitcher who hasn’t pitched in a year on a team that really hasn’t done anything since the 1990s. Next!
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Tonight’s Action

LA Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Lakers lead 2-0. 6:30 pm KCAL9, TNT, AM 710 KSPN.

LA Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds. Vicente Padilla (1-1, 8.04 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (0-0, 2.63 ERA). 4:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Detroit Tigers at LA Angels. Justin Verlander (0-1, 6.88 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (1-2, 4.26 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.