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LA Dodgers defeat Detroit Tigers 6-1. In what is an infrequent showing, the Dodgers looked like a good baseball team for one night. Fuelled by Andre Ethier’s two-run homer in the fifth inning, the Dodgers bled the Tigers slowly.

A walk to James Loney and singles by Aaron Miles and A.J. Ellis gave the Dodgers their first run in the second inning. The Tigers copied that template in the fourth inning to tie the game.

After Tony Gwynn, Jr. got the run back in the fourth inning with an RBI single, the Dodgers pulled away thanks to Ethier’s 426-foot bomb that bounced in the last aisle of the right field pavilion before bouncing into the hedge in the Tigers’ bullpen. The Dodgers added two more in the sixth inning and didn’t look back.

With two steals in the seventh inning during Miles’ plate appearance, Kemp became only the second Dodger in Los Angeles history to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases before the All Star break. Of course the first one was current first-base coach Davey Lopes in 1979.

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Perhaps the most eager return was that of reliever Hong-Chih Kuo. After suffering a bout of anxiety where he couldn’t throw a strike, he came in the eighth inning and retired the side in order on nine pitches even striking out Brennan Boesch to lead off the inning.

Florida Marlins defeat LA Angels 5-2. Despite winning three of their last four in their cross-country interleague road trip, the Angels reverted again to their punchless selves. Despite getting ten hits through 5 1/3 innings against Marlins’ starter Javier Vazquez, the Angels couldn’t manage to scrape a run across the plate going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position during the first six innings. It wasn’t until the top of the ninth inning until the Angels finally got runners across the plate, the second of which was thanks to a fielding error by third baseman Greg Dobbs.

The only eye-raising part of the game came in the eighth inning when Randy Choate came in to pitch for the Marlins. After walking Bobby Abreu on six pitches and going 2-1 to Alberto Callaspo, the new old manager Jack McKeon came to the mound and gave Choate the hook for Burke Badenhop. Badenhop on the first pitch gives up a single to Callaspo but needn’t worry - the Angels didn’t score a run.

The loss gives Marlins manager Jack McKeon his first win back with the club since 2005 making him the oldest manager since Connie Mack in 1950 with the Philadelphia Athletics to record a win. It also breaks an 11-game losing skid for the Fish losers of 19 of their previous 20 games.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

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Detroit Tigers at LA Dodgers. 12:10 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels at Florida Marlins. 7:10 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.