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The Angels won and the Dodgers lost on Opening Day, so as you can imagine, the Los Angeles Times interprets this a sign of things to come. While LAist doesn't doubt the Angels are a great team, we'd like people to evaluate the Dodgers on more than one game against Jason Schmidt. Perhaps halo fans should be concerned that only Vlad Guerrero could muster any damage off of Texas' Ryan Drese. But then again, the Angels do have Vlad Guerrero to alleviate most of their concerns.

Guerrero looked like his old self in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Rangers, but the real story was Bartolo Colon. The fat man is beginning to show that last season might just have been an aberration, as he gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings.

As for the Dodgers, much is made of their defensive woes in the game. Two errors led to unearned runs, but LAist knows that Adrian Beltre or Alex Cora's presence wouldn't have done a damn thing to stop Giovanni Carrara from misplaying a bunt. That said, we're not big fans of Jose Valentin, who is ill-suited offensively for Dodger Stadium, and might be worse at third base than we even thought.

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"I had a hard time figuring out how hard it was hit," Valentin said. "The ball and the line are the same color. My first game with my new team and a new position. That cost us the game right there."

Wow! The ball and the line are the same color! No way! LAist had no idea.

In the future we hope Valentin will be able to differentiate between the dirt and ugly brown Giants caps, or we may have a problem. LAist can almost feel Japanese gold glove third baseman Norihiro Nakamura creeping up from Las Vegas.

In reality the Dodgers defense is only weak at 1-2 positions. Izturis is the best in the game at short. The outfield defense is excellent. Jason Phillips can throw out baserunners at catcher. And in truth, Alex Cora was only an average defensive second baseman. Jeff Kent actually moved over to first base late in the game yesterday, with Antonio Perez stepping in at 2B. If Hee Seop Choi continues to have 2 strikeout games, then this move might be made before the game starts.

All in all, the Dodgers have no cause for alarm. They got beat by one of the game's best pitchers, but got a solid performance from Derek Lowe. One games doesn't change much.