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Andre Ethier carrying the load in the Dodger's victory. AP Photo/Denis Poroy

LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 6-2. Andre Ethier keeps on feasting on those fastballs. In the eighth inning with the Dodgers down 2-1 and Russell Martin on second, Ethier drove a ball out to left field for a game-tying triple. Then with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Dodgers leading 3-2, he hit a bases-clearing double that was barely fair down the right field line to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead. Dodger's starter Hiroki Kuroda was shaky in this outing but managed to give up only two runs on nine hits and two intentional walks. Ethier helped Kuroda's cause by throwing Adrian Gonzalez out at the plate on a Chase Headley RBI double in the third inning. What doesn't Ethier do? With the Diamondbacks losing the Dodger's magic number is down to 16.

NY Yankees defeat LA Angels 7-1. The Yankees hitters came out from hibernation for one night to put the kibosh on any chance for the Angels to celebrate their clinching of the AL West. Alex Rodriguez hit an Earl Weaver off of Angel's starter Ervin Santana, and Johnny Damon hit two homers: one off of Santana on his last pitch in the seventh inning and one off of Justin Speier in the ninth. Meanwhile Alfredo Aceves making his first start for the Yanks confounded the Angel's hitters going seven innings giving up only the one run on five hits and no walks. Since Texas also won against Seattle, there would have been no celebration anyway. The magic number remains at two.

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Notable Notes

  • Tennessee Titan's quarterback Vince Young prompted a four-hour police search which included SWAT officers in unmarked cars. In what is probably the weirdest NFL-related story ever, friends were concerned when Young left his house abruptly and took off in his car leaving his cell phone behind. His friends contacted Titan's head coach Jeff Fisher who became concerned enough to call Nashville police. Young was found at a friend's house and agreed to meet with Fisher at the Titan's practice facility with a psychologist. All fears were determined to be unfounded and Young went home by himself. I honestly don't know what to say to this. I want to just tell him to grow thicker skin. He makes millions of dollars to play a game, and one of the downfalls of the position is the fact there is a lot of public scrutiny. But just imagine for a second if he were the quarterback for the New York Giants. Would he absolutely crumble under the pressure of the New York spotlight?

    Regardless, he ain't playing this Sunday because he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. So he can relax for at least another week.

  • A couple of weeks ago San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman announced he would play the season despite getting five doctors' opinions that he should get surgery to repair his torn ligaments in his left knee. After a subpar performance on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, he has decided to get the surgery after all. And by subpar performance, it should be said that he did play well just not up to the standard he has set for himself. This shouldn't affect San Diego's chances of winning the Super Bowl because they are a pretty deep team. Jyles Tucker, whom Merriman dubbed "Baby Lights Out", will take over for Merriman.
  • Ohio State tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells will play this Saturday against USC. He injured his big toe during Ohio State's week one game against Youngstown State. While sitting out last week's game against Ohio University, the Buckeyes did not look like a top ten team. Hell there were trailing 14-12 going into the fourth quarter. Beanie Wells adds some worries for USC, but Ohio State is still going to lose 31-10.
  • Finally, this is a clip from during the Olympics. Tiki Barber and Jenna Wolfe had been verbally teasing each other all day. Well on live tv on MSNBC, Barber calls Wolfe, "a total medal cunt." It's right at the 0:29 mark. Enjoy!

Tonight's Action

LA Dodgers at San Diego Padres. Derek Lowe (12-11, 3.53) should get full advantage of the cavern known as Petco Park against Shawn Estes (2-1, 2.97). 7:05 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.

NY Yankees at LA Angels. The Angels hope to clinch against Andy Pettite (13-12, 4.49) and his puppy dog eyes while they send Dustin Moseley (1-4, 7.90) in place of Jered Weaver who is still recovering from the cuts on his hands. 12:35 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.