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LAst Night's Action: Nowhere Near Perfect

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Atlanta Braves defeat LA Dodgers 9-3. Yeah Chad Billingsley was pitching a no-no. For four innings. Then the wheels came off in the fifth inning with a three-run double by Gregor Blanco. Billingsley went 5 1/3 innings giving up six runs, five earned on six hits and four walks. For the Braves, Jair Jurrjens brought his record to 9-4 going six innings giving up one run on five hits. Perhaps the telling moment of the night was the very last at-bat for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp came up with two men on and struck out giving him the golden sombrero for the night (four strikeouts).

Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 3-2. Joe Saunders pitched a good game giving up only three run to the powerful hitters of the Rangers in eight innings. But that just wasn't good enough as the Angel's offense reverted back to their modus operandi. Ranger's start Matt Harrison in his first start in the big leagues confounded the Angels hitters giving up only two runs on five hits in the seven innings he pitched.

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The big news of the day of course was Elton Brand agreeing in principle to a five-year, $82 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Since he opted out of his contract last week it had been reported he would re-sign with the Clippers especially since the Clippers managed to nab Baron Davis. Also seeing as Brand was known as the face of the Clippers, it was really surprising to hear him bolting town.

It's premature to come to any conclusions on whether Brand, whose reputation thus far has been stellar, lied to the Clippers or whether his agent pulled some shenanigans. However history being what it is, it's hard to take LA Times' Mark Heisler's point-of-view that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is blameless for this. Something really does stink here, and every time anything in the past has smelled as bad with the Clippers all signs pointed to Donald Sterling. It's just hard not to revert back to that way of thinking.

It will be interesting to see what Brand says in the coming days. Oh, and Corey Magette is now a Golden State Warrior, but everyone knew he was not going to be a Clipper. Clipper Nation can thank Mike Dunleavy for that one.

Tonight's Action

Atlanta Braves at LA Dodgers. Tim Hudson will try to get the series win for the Braves against Derek Lowe. 7:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels at Texas Rangers. Jered Weaver will take the hill for the Angels against yet another newbie Michael Ballard. 5:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

AP Photo by Danny Moloshok