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Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 3-2. Angels’ starter Jered Weaver (L, 9-6) who came into the game with a 1-3 record at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington with a 4.59 ERA gave up a solo homer to Michael Young in the first inning. The Angels came back in the fifth inning when Maicer Izturis hit a double off of Cliff Lee (W, 9-4) that bounced off the end of left fielder Josh Hamilton’s glove to center fielder Julio Borbon that scored Hideki Matsui. The Rangers pulled back ahead in the sixth inning with an RBI double by Hamilton and a sacrifice fly by Bengie Molina. Mike Napoli got the Angels to within a run with a solo shot off of Lee in the seventh, however that would be the closest they would get. Lee ended up pitching into the ninth inning with closer Neftali Feliz getting the final two outs and his 26th save of the season.

LA Dodgers defeat NY Mets 2-0. Read my recap of the game.

LA Galaxy draw San Jose Earthquakes 2-2.

NOTABLE NOTES

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LAKERS BOLSTER BENCH. The Lakers signed 37-year old veteran center Theo Ratliff to help shore up the departures from their bench. It’s a one-year veteran’s minimum deal worth $1.35 million that will give the bench a defensive presence in the paint. Next season will be the 16th season for Ratliff who bounced from the San Antonio Spurs to the Charlotte Bobcats last season.

In addition the Lakers came to terms with free agent forward Matt Barnes, as announced by Barnes on his Twitter page. http://twitter.com/Matt_Barnes22/status/19304118059 It is a two-year $3.6 million deal which will pay out $1.7 million this season and a player option for $1.9 million in 2011-12. Barnes also contemplated an offer by the Cleveland Cavaliers that was reportedly for two years, $7 million with a team option for the third year.

ANGELS MAKING MOVES. It’s nothing flashy, but the Angels traded right handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan and minor league left handed pitcher Will Smith to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Alberto Callaspo. Angels third basemen have combined for a Major League worse .217 batting average this season - Callaspo has a career batting average of .283 and batting .273 this season. Callaspo was signed as a free agent by the Angels in February 2001 and traded in 2006 to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jason Bulger.

BORNSTEIN OUT. Chivas USA defender and captain Jonathan Bornstein will miss up to two weeks with a knee injury suffered on Sunday during the 23rd minute of a SuperLiga match against the Houston Dynamo. He will be out for this Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake and will miss the MLS All-Star Game against the 2009 English Premier League champion Manchester United on July 28 in Reliant Stadium in Houston. Bobby Convey of the San Jose Earthquakes was chosen by All-Star and LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena to replace Bornstein on the roster.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SHENANIGANS. ESPN columnist Dana O’Neil got 20 high profile college basketball head coaches to speak freely about pressing issues in their sport thanks to the gift of anonymity. It’s an interesting read to say the very least in this age of NCAA crackdowns of USC and the SEC.

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TONIGHT’S ACTION

NY Mets (49-47) at LA Dodgers (51-45). Johan Santana (7-5, 2.87 ERA) vs. Vicente Padilla (4-2, 3.65 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

LA Angels (51-47) at Texas Rangers (56-40). Joe Saunders (6-9, 4.83 ERA) vs. CJ Wilson (8-5, 3.23 ERA). 5:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 710 KSPN.