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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Work the Brooms

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Russell Martin doing work as he hits an RBI single to plate the winning run. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

LA Dodgers defeat New York Mets 2-1. Neither the Mets nor the Dodgers did anything offensively, but Russell Martin did just enough to drive in the winning run in the eighth inning. The Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position while the Dodgers went 1-for-9, that one on Russell Martin's single in the bottom of the eighth that scored Orlando Hudson from second base. Livan Hernandez pitched seven innings giving up only one run in the first inning for the Mets. Jeff Weaver pitched five innings giving up one run on four hits and two walks. Ronald Belisario came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and gave up two walks and a David Wright fly ball to center field that advanced the runners to second and third. Brent Leach came in and induced two weak grounders that kept the runners from scoring. With the Dodgers scoring in the bottom of that frame it gave him the win. Jonathan Broxton came in and got his 11th save out of 13 chances. The Dodgers have the day off Thursday.

Seattle Mariners defeat LA Angels 1-0. Ervin Santana had a great outing for his second start of the season going 6 2/3 innings giving up one run on five hits and two walks. But that one run was all the Mariners needed as their pitching shutdown the Angels bats. Starter Chris Jakubauskas went six scoreless innings giving up only two hits and two walks while the bullpen gave up only one hit and one walk the rest of the way.

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With the Cleveland LeBrons choking against the Orlando Howards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, I wonder if everything the media said about the Lakers in the Rockets series will be said about the LeBrons now. Blowing 16 point leads and LeBron James cramping up in the waning moments of the game is inexcusable. And can someone from Cleveland not named LeBron James show up?

Lakers will win Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. With that said let's see Lamar Odom and his vest again.

Tonight's Action

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Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. 6:00 pm ESPN, AM 570 KLAC.

LA Angels at Seattle Mariners. Joe Saunders vs. Erik Bedard. 7:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.