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Who needs football when all three area pro baseball teams are so much fun?

Long Beach Armada

Steroid-slinging slugger Jose Canseco, oh yeah former steroid-slinging slugger... took to the mound for the first time as a starting pitcher Wednesday in Long Beach. Canseco fluttered a knuckleball for 4 1/3 innings, giving up five walks and hitting four batters while striking out only one as the LB Armada lost 8-2 against the Reno Silver Sox. Canseco was responsible for three runs off two hits in front of 1,586 at Blair Field.

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The author of the tell-all book "Juiced" signed a deal yesterday with Nine Yards Entertainment to turn the once-reviled-now-vindicated book into a film.


Los Angeles Dodgers

The hottest team in baseball will return to their winning ways this evening as their 40-year-old ace Greg Maddux faces off against the SF Giants and scary Brad Hennessey who has a career 12-12 record.

The Gyros are on a five-game winning streak. The Dodgers have won 17 of their last 20. But not only should your money be on LA simply because Barry hasn't been hitting well but also because Maddux owns Frisco, and after his first three appearances with the Dodgers, he seems like as close to a sure thing as it gets:

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The 40-year-old Maddux has dominated San Francisco in his career, going 24-14 with a 2.91 ERA in 44 career starts. He hasn't allowed more than four runs in any outing against the Giants since Sept. 12, 1999, a span of 12 starts. - Yahoo Sports

Anaheim Angels of AnaheimLocal boy Jered Weaver joined Whitey Ford as the only AL rookie pitcher to win nine games in his first nine decisions. NL trivia answer Hooks Wiltse holds the MLB record with 12 when he pitched for the New York baseball Giants in 1904.

Meanwhile, the Angels failed to get the lawsuit against them regarding Mother's Day thrown out. Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Cannon agreed to hear the case against the team brought to them by Los Angeles psychologist Michael Cohn, who claims that men were discriminated against at the Big Ed when only women were given a tote bag during a Mother's Day promotion. Cohn is asking for each male attendee of the game to receive $4,000 in damages. Hope you saved your stub.

AP photo of Canseco by Matt A. Brown, and of Maddux by Jeff Lewis