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Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 7-5. With a 2-2 tie going into the fifth inning, Alberto Callaspo hit his first homer as an Angel - a three-run dinger that gave the Angels the 5-2 lead. However that wasn’t enough to give the Angels the win. Adrian Beltre belted a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning off of starter Scott Kazmir to pull the Sox to within one, but it was a meltdown by reliever Kevin Jepsen (L, 2-3)in the seventh inning that did in the Angels. Jepsen made a wild pitch during JD Drew’s at-bat allowed Victor Martinez to score to tie the game, and hit Daniel Nava with the bases loaded to give the Red Sox the 6-5 lead and former Angels’ starter John Lackey (W, 11-7) the win for the Sox. The Sox added a run in the eighth. The Angels are now 0-9 against Boston this season.

Colorado Rockies defeat LA Dodgers 3-2 (10 innings). Read my recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

Margarito Denied. The California State Athletic Commission voted 5-1 to deny the reinstatement of boxer Antonio Margarito’s boxing license. Margarito’s license was suspended on January 28, 2009 and revoked on February 10, 2009 after a plaster-like substance was found on his hand wraps before his January 24, 2009 fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosely at the Staples Center. He was not eligible to be reinstated until February of this year.

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“Most of the Commissioners agreed that Margarito may have been sincere in answering questions at today’s hearing, but that he has not done enough to prove his rehabilitation,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd. “As a licensee, Margarito has a duty to know the laws, rules, and regulations of boxing in California, but Commissioners felt he has made very little effort to familiarize himself with them.”

For Baseball Geeks Only ESPN columnist Tim Kurkjian wrote an ode to clipping baseball box scores from the newspaper. Apparently you can no longer do that since because of deadline reasons most newspapers don’t print them all.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Angels (60-61) at Boston Red Sox (69-52). Ervin Santana (12-8, 3.99 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (3-2, 6.51 ERA). 4:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Colorado Rockies (62-57) at LA Dodgers (61-60). Jorge de la Rosa (4-3, 4.99 ERA) vs. Ted Lilly (6-8, 3.44 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.