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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Too Big for Utah

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LA Lakers defeat Utah Jazz 111-103. While the Jazz got to within four points of the Lakers in the fourth quarter, the Lakers did not break in their win over the Jazz. The Lakers used their height advantage throughout out the game with Pau Gasol scoring 22 points with 15 rebounds and Andrew Bynum adding 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points while dishing the ball eight times. And was the Lamar Odom that we all saw with 11 points and 15 rebounds? It was nothing cute, nothing fancy. Just a dominating win. The Lakers now head up to Utah to see if they can pull off a sweep.

Milwaukee Brewers defeat LA Dodgers 11-6. Read my recap of the game. In rehab games for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers, Manny Ramirez was the designated hitter for four innings and went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, strikeout and groundout to third. Jeff Weaver pitched three innings and gave up two unearned runs on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 5-1. In stark contrast to the softball game they played Monday night that the Red Sox won 17-8, Tuesday night’s game was a 1-1 pitchers’ duel between Jon Lester and Ervin Santana. Santana gave up a run in the first inning when Marco Scutaro doubled to lead off the inning and came home when Victor Martinez grounded to first. The Angels touched up Lester in the fourth inning when Erick Aybar came home on a Kendry Morales groundout. Everything was going well until the eighth inning when Kevin Jepsen came in to relieve Santana and couldn’t throw a strike to save his life. Things looked good when he got David Ortiz to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to save a run, but he walked Adrian Beltre to load the bases again and gave up a bases clearing double to Jeremy Hermida to blow the game. Scot Shields came in and gave up a double to Mike Lowell to score Hermida for the fourth run of the inning before striking out Jonathan van Every to end the inning. Jonathan Papelbon retired the Angels in order to end the game.


  • Legendary Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer Ernie Harwell after a year-long bout with cancer passed away tonight at his home in Novi, Michigan. The 92-year old is most well known for being the voice of the Tigers but was a part of the Brooklyn Dodgers team with Red Barber and Connie Desmond from 1948 to 1949 before Vin Scully came on board. He then moved on to the New York Giants from 1950 to 1953 and the Baltimore Orioles from 1954 to 1959 before settling in with the Tigers in 1960.
    The Tigers for some reason decided to get rid of Harwell after the 1991 season allowing Harwell to work part time for the California Angels in 1992. Amidst the public outcry and a change of ownership in 1993, Harwell returned to the Tigers where he stayed until he retired in 2002.

    In a game at Comerica Park last year on September 16, Harwell came onto the field in the middle of the game and thanked the fans.

    Harwell was supposed to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting Wednesday in New York City. He called “The Shot Heard Round the World” in 1951 for NBC for the national audience which has since been lost and the Tigers’ 1968 and 1984 World Series championships.

    Vin Scully reminded us before the game that Harwell made history before even broadcasting one word in the Major Leagues. With Red Barber sick with a bleeding ulcer, Branch Rickey called Arthur Mann who was in charge of the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association about getting Harwell. Mann told Rickey that he needed a catcher. So in 1948 the Brooklyn Dodgers received broadcaster Ernie Harwell in exchange for catcher Cliff Dapper.

    “Such a lovely man,” Vin Scully said about Harwell. “However that word is defined, that was Ernie.”

    Scully repeated the words “lovely,” “sweet,” and “gentle” in remembering Harwell.

    “I didn’t succeed him,” Scully said about getting hired to fill the vacancy left by Harwell’s departure in Brooklyn. “I just happened to sit in his chair.”

  • Steve Consalvi, a 17-year old kid, ran onto the field at Citizen’s Bank Park Monday night during the eighth inning of a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals and was Tasered by a police officer. Reportedly he called his father for permission to run on the field. His father discouraged him from doing it, but the son who is going to be going to Penn State in the fall did so anyway. Good for the officer. It minimizes how long this doofus is running on the field acting a fool, and it avoids the officer from having to tackle creating a greater risk of injury all the way around. Let them ride the lightning, I say. Here’s the video of the incident. And for everyone crying out how awful the use of the Taser is, it looks like the only injury he sustained was the blow to his ego.

    By the way remember back in the day when streaking the field involved being nude? I wondered this aloud in the press box last Thursday when a fan came onto the field at Dodger Stadium in the bottom of the ninth inning.

  • Speaking of nudity, in advance of the World Cup Vanity Fair got photographer Annie Liebovitz to photograph soccer stars in nothing but their skivvies. The cover features Cote D’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba and Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo while Brazil’s Kaká, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, US’ Landon Donavan are in a photo spread inside the mag. Be. Still. My. Beating. Heart.
  • Funny or Die has a touching piece on the legendary announcer Jim Brockmire. Joe Buck, Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen recount their memories of Brockmire in the booth with snippets of his legendary play-by-play work including the day everything changed.Gamechangers Ep 3: A Legend in the Booth with Hank Azaria


    Hank Azaria

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Milwaukee Brewers (11-15) at LA Dodgers (11-15). Doug Davis (0-3, 8.87 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.85 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (12-16) at Boston Red Sox (13-14). Joel Pineiro (2-3, 5.76 ERA) vs. John Lackey (2-1, 4.50 ERA). 4:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Chivas USA at New England Revolution. 4:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, KWHY 22 (en español), W Radio AM 690 (en español).

LA Galaxy at Colorado Rapids. 6:30 pm FSWest (delayed until 8:00 pm), AM 1330 KWKW (en español).

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