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Danny Ardoin makes a good play at the plate for the Dodgers. This trend would not continue throughout the game. AP Photo/Jeff Lewis

Colorado Rockies defeat LA Dodgers 4-3. Impatient hitting, bad bullpen and awful defense doesn't help any team to win games. On the Kamenetzky Brother's Purple, Gold and Blue podcast Wednesday morning, I said the Dodgers have to be wary about a tired bullpen. The bullpen has been making games more interesting than they needed to be lately, and it will be cause for concern if they continue to falter down the stretch. What more can be said about this game?

LA Angels defeat Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Giving the Rays a little bit of their own medicine, the Angels capitalized on Garrett Anderson's RBI single in the ninth inning to salvage the series and take back the best record in the American League from the Rays. Francisco Rodriguez notched his 48th save, a new club record and 9 saves away from Bobby Thigpen's record. Anderson now has a a 23 game hitting streak, and the Angels three game losing streak came to an end.

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Houston Dynamo defeat Chivas USA 4-0. Injuries, injuries, injuries. With Sacha Klejstan in Guatemala with the US team, Chivas gave the game away in a 24-minute span in the first half. Justin Braun and Jesse Marsch were also out of the match due to injury, and the red-and-white just couldn't get the win in Houston where they have yet to win (0-5-2). Chivas remain on the outside looking in for the playoffs now in sixth place in the Western Conference with 23 points. Chivas has a quick turnaround when they host San Jose Earthquakes in Carson this Saturday.

USA defeats Guatemala 1-0.The US have only won one match out of nine in Guatemala, the victory on a lone goal by Jeff Agoos in 1988 for a 1-0 victory. Playing in Estadio Mateo Flores amid police officers, security guards and army soldiers the US looked overmatched most of the this 2010 World Cup qualifying match. Defender Steve Cherundolo was ejected in the 60th minute for tripping up Freddy Garcia and receiving his second yellow card leaving the US a man short. Eddie Lewis left the pitch after receiving an elbow to the face from Gustavo Cabrera in the 66th minute. Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 69th minute off of a corner kick by DaMarcus Beasley. The US will next face Cuba in Havana on September 6.

Notable Notes

  • Usain Bolt is a beast. He becomes the first male sprinter to clinch both the 100m and 200m gold with world records in each race. What made the 200m 19.30 second run even more amazing was the fact that Bolt ran into a -0.9 headwind. What an amazing performance in an Olympiad in which the first week was dominated by Michael Phelps.
  • USC quarterback Mark Sanchez practiced on Wednesday and looked good. Sanchez dislocated his kneecap two weeks ago and is hoping to make the start in the season opener at Virginia in one week.

Tonight's Action

Colorado Rockies at LA Dodgers. Jorge de la Rosa gets the start for the Rockies against Derek Lowe. 12:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

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Minnesota Twins at LA Angels. The Angels come back home and face Scott Baker while they send John Lackey to the mound. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.

Chicago Fire at LA Galaxy. Bruce Arenas makes his debut as Galaxy head coach in front of a national audience. 7:00 pm ESPN2, AM 1150 KTLK.

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