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LAst Night's Action: Offensive Offense

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Houston Astros defeat LA Dodgers 4-1. The Dodgers return to National League play and promptly continue their offensive futility. With Juan Pierre on the disabled list for the first time in his nine-year career, the Dodgers called up Jason Repko from the minors hit lead off. He struck out four times. The rest of the team managed 11 hits but couldn't do anything with those hits. Meanwhile Eric Stults coming off of his complete game shutout of the Chicago White Sox got bit by the Astros. The Puma Lance Berkman went yard in the first inning with a solo shot.

Oakland As defeat LA Angels 6-1. Meanwhile the Angels have been just as futile as the Dodgers. After scoring just one run in the weekend series against the Dodgers, the Angels managed to equal the output Monday night off of catcher Mike Napoli's solo shot. Starter Jon Garland cooled off a bit in this game but was not helped at all by leftfielder Juan Rivera's fielding error in the seventh. On Kurt Suzuki's fly ball, Rivera went back to the warning track to catch the ball but somehow failed to open his glove. D'oh!

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The NBA free agent period has started and it's time for all hell to break loose. Locally both Corey Magette and Elton Brand have opted out of their contracts with the Clippers with Brand stating he wants to re-sign. As for Magette, his swole arms will be missed. On the Laker's front they offered qualifying offers to both Ronny Turiaf and Sasha Vujacic who are both restricted free agents. Being restricted free agents the Lakers will get the opportunity to match any offers from other teams.

In less than two months on August 30, the USC Trojans open their football season at the Virginia Cavaliers. The UCLA Bruins, meanwhile, will open their season on September 1 at the Rose Bowl against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Back on March 31, I made the prediction that the Tampa Bay Rays would win the AL Wild Card. Little did I know they would have the best record in the majors with a 50-32. So with half of the baseball games done for the season, how are the rest of my predictions? With the exceptions of the Mets, Tigers and Braves so far so good.

Tonight's Action

Oakland As at LA Angels. Undefeated Rich Harden goes to the mound for the As against Ervin Santana. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

LA Dodgers at Houston Astros. When at first (or at second or at 15th) you don't succeed... Clayton Kershaw is still looking for a win as he gets the start opposite Wandy Rodriguez. 5:05 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

AP Photo by Pat Sullivan