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LAst Night's Action: Manny Is Ridiculous

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LA Dodgers defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. Six games, four home runs. Despite the Dodgers losing the last two games, Manny Ramirez has done everything he could to help the Dodgers win. Unfortunately he can only bat once every nine team at bats. He is batting .565 since coming to the Dodgers with an OPS of 1.745. Meanwhile Clayton Kershaw had another great outing going seven innings giving up only one run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. He and Chad Billingsley are shaping up to be great one-two starters for the Dodgers. And just in case you were fearing another clubhouse division to strike the Dodgers, Jeff Kent has gone on record saying he is happy. Phew!

Notable Notes

  • To further elaborate on the Clipper's signing of White Chocolate who becomes the 10th new player the Clippers have brought in during the offseason and the third point guard acquired alongside Baron Davis and Jason Hart. This combined with the Clippers not offering Shaun Livingston a qualifying offer thus renouncing its free agent rights to him essentially means Livingston will not be back as a Clipper. Since losing Elton Brand, the Clippers have also welcomed Marcus Camby, Ricky Davis, Eric Gordon, Brian Skinner and Steve Novak. GM Elgin Baylor sure has been busy the last couple of months.
  • It's been one year since Barry Lamar Bonds hit his 756th homer to become baseball's new home run king. One year later Barry Bonds now sits out of baseball and is facing perjury charges by the federal government. The last pillar of the "steroids era" has been cast aside, and now all talk is focused on young players such as Josh Hamilton and Hanley Ramirez. Baseball wants to move forward and looking back will only turn the sport into a pillar of salt.
  • The Olympics start tomorrow and does anyone care?

Tonight's Action

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LA Dodgers at San Francisco Giants. Brad Penny makes his first start off the disabled list against Barry Zito who is a disabled list unto himself. 7:15 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

NY Yankees at LA Angels. The limping Yankees send Ian Kennedy to the mound against Jered Weaver. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Kyle Ericson