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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Get By Kings Without Kobe

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LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 106-100. The penultimate game for the Lakers marked a new look for Ron Artest and DJ Mbenga. They bleached their domes seemingly to generate some amount of interest in the game. It worked for Mbenga who scored seven points and knocked down the only free throw. But in Kobe’s absence Pau Gasol led the way in the paint with 28 points and eight rebounds while Shannon Brown added 24 points. Sasha Vujacic continued to show he can still play scoring 13 points and being the defensive pest, however Jordan Farmar shut things down after straining his hammy in the first half. For the Kings rookie of the year candidate Tyreke Evans had ten points until he was thrown out of the game with back-to-back technical fouls in the third quarter for arguing a non-foul call which ended his season. The Lakers will head on the road to nowhere for one final game against the Clippers.

LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5. You can read my recap for more details. One thing I forgot to mention: this was Clayton Kershaw’s first win since July 18 of last year. Interesting.

Clayton Kershaw (W, 1-0, 4.50 ERA): 5 1/3 innings, 3 hits, earned runs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batter. 110 pitches/59 strikes.

Ian Kennedy (L, 0-1, 8.68 ERA): 4 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 3 homers, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batter. 100 pitches/56 strikes.

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NY Yankees defeat LA Angels 7-5. The Angels tried to salvage the game after starter Ervin Santana gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. But it was too little too late. The Yankees after getting their World Series rings had their newcomer Nick Johnson turn the power switch on in the first inning with a solo homer. Derek Jeter followed suit in the third innings with a solo shot of his own. Jeter would also single in a run in the fourth inning while Alex Rodriguez singled in two in the sixth inning after Santana was lifted. The Angels started pecking away in the eighth inning when Kendry Morales hit a two-out solo homer. After the Yankees tacked on two, Bobby Abreu hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to put the fear of god in the Yankee faithful. Mariano Rivera came in and retired the last two Angels putting the kibosh on that rally.

Ervin Santana (L, 0-2, 6.94 ERA): 5 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 homers, 1 wild pitch. 113 pitches/60 strikes.

Andy Pettitte (W, 1-0, 0.75 ERA): 6 innings, 5 hits, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts. 100 pitches/59 strikes.
Mariano Rivera (S, 3): 2/3 innings, 1 strikeout.

Notable Notes

  • The Lakers know their first round opponent in the NBA playoffs will be the Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Lakers did take the season series 3-1, the last game in Oklahoma City was a bit telling seeing how much trouble they had in containing the speedy guard from UCLA Russell Westbrook. However the Thunder have lost four of their last seven games, so they are stumbling just as bad as the Lakers.
  • On Monday the MLB announced the return of the All Star Game Charity 5K and Fun Run to take place on Sunday, July 11. The course will start at Angel Stadium and travel through the surround neighborhood before ending on the warning track of the field. The 5K is an officially timed event and will start at 7:30 am while the one-mile Fun Run starts at 8:00 am. The early discount for registrants before May 23 will be $25 adults/$20 children (12 and under) for the 5K and $20 adults/$15 children for the Fun Run. More info and registration information at www.allstargame.com.

Tonight’s Action

LA Lakers at LA Clippers. 7:30 pm KCAL9 (Lakers), FS Prime Ticket (Clippers), AM 710 KSPN (Lakers), AM 980 KFWB (Clippers)

Arizona Diamondbacks (4-3) at LA Dodgers (3-4). Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (1-0, 1.69 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (2-6) at NY Yankees (5-2). Joel Pineiro (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (0-1, 12.71 ERA). 10:05 am FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.