LAst Night's Action: It's Blake Being Blake
Casey Blake returning to the dugout after his solo homer in the second inning. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi
LA Dodgers defeat LA Dodgers 5-2. Chad Billingsley had a rough fifth inning walking the first three batters and somehow getting out with only two runs. But Bills came back in the sixth inning getting the meat of the Padres order, Brian Giles, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff, out in order. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and three RBIs, and Casey Blake got his first hit of the season - a solo home run in the second inning to left field. After that fifth inning, the Dodgers took the lead after the Manny double bringing Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson home. Manny would score when James Loney singled to right. A note: the Dodger bullpen has not given up a run so far this season.
Oakland A's defeat LA Angels 6-4. That bullpen stat could not be said for the Angels. After Nick Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings getting five strikeouts on seven hits, the normally reliable Angels bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth and ninth innings to blow the game. Although the Angels proved they could still hit getting nine, they couldn't string enough hits to put runs on the board. Hell the fourth run the Angels scored in the seventh inning was thanks to Chone Figgins walking, steal second, taking third on the errant throw and a sacrifice fly.
- The Boston Globe reported that Jose Canseco thinks Manny Ramirez was on the 'roids. Canseco went on to speculate that the possibility of Manny's name being one of the 104 players testing positive for steroids in 2003 caused owners to be gun shy about signing him to a long term big money deal. While Canseco's prior allegations have all proven to be true (with a notable exception of Roger Clemons whom he said he didn't think touched steroids), this is the first time he's talked about a player whom he wasn't teammates with.
- BillyMac is a G. Halos Heaven posted some pictures of Bill MacDonald, FSN host extraordinaire getting some extra curricular action on opening day at Angels Stadium on Monday. According to Tom Hoffarth at The Daily News BillyMac is all right with the pictures as is the Angels. What a G.
- While an Opening Day victory should be filled with joy, unfortunately 27 year old Brian Powers died after getting into an altercation after the game. According to witnesses, during the fight a third guy punched Powers in the head sending him to the ground hitting his head on the concrete. Powers was pronounced dead around midnight on Tuesday. Anyone with information should contact Anaheim police at (714) 765-1944.
LA Dodgers at San Diego Padres. Clayton Kershaw vs. Kevin Correia. 12:35 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. 7:30 pm TNT, AM 570 KLAC.
LA Kings at Vancouver Canucks. 7:00 pm AM 1150 KTLK.
Oakland A's at LA Angels. Brett Anderson vs. Jered Weaver. 7:20 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/ AM 980 KFWB.