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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Games, Games, Games

One's Complement: Dodgers 4, Astros 1

The Dodgers scored one run in each of four separate frames. Andre Ethier was on base three times, all by hits, and scored two of the Dodgers' runs, one of which was a solo homer in the fifth. Jeff Kent drove in two, and it was a good thing they jumped on Runelvys Hernandez, because they weren't able to do much against the bullpen. A great series win for the Blue, who really needed it. Hiroki Kuroda's first outing since returning from the DL amounted to seven strong shutout innings, just what the doctor ordered.

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Remember Warner Madrigal? Yankees 18, Rangers 7

A real blowout with quadruple-A starter Luis Mendoza taking the mound in place of Sidney Ponson, who, ironically, got the start for the Yanks, the game quickly got out of hand for both sides. Ponson gave up seven runs over five innings, but that was the extent of the Rangers' scoring. The Yanks, on the other hand, were just getting warmed up, as Jason Giambi's third inning grand slam wasn't quite enough. Lacking other options, the Rangers brought in former Angel Warner Madrigal and asked him to protect a one-run lead in his major league debut. In the Bronx. He wasn't too successful, recording only one out while giving up six runs, one of which was allowed to score on Madrigal's replacement, Jamey Wright. It should be an object lesson to Ron Washington.

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Welcome To The NL Worst: Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 3

A late collapse by closer Brandon Lyon, who gave up the game-winning RBI single to Mike Cameron to score Russell Branyon, lost this game for the Snakes. At 40-41, Arizona still leads the NL West, the Dodgers are 1.5 games back, and ye gods.

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