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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two Games

Santana Beats Up On Oakland Again: Angels 4, A's 1

I was out at the John Anson Ford Theater watching TAIKOPROJECT bang out that rhythm on the drums, so I missed a great outing by Ervin Santana against Oakland on the road; he's typically done well there, so I wasn't too worried about him. No, it was the Angels' lack of offense against Dana Eveland I was concerned about, and they managed to get a pair early, which proved to be enough. The part I really rued missing was the Angels scratching a run off of Huston Street.

Unfortunately, Joe Saunders will miss tonight's game thanks to delays in his wife's giving birth, so the Angels will call up Dustin Moseley, ready or not. This one's likely to be a gimme for the A's, so enjoy your free win, Oakland. Even the Angels website preview features a story about Darren O'Day, who will not make the start. Oh, well, better luck next time.

Yahoo boxMLB.com recap

Dodgers Not Only Lost, But Lost Their Closer: Marlins 5, Dodgers 3 (11 INnings)

Ramon Troncoso may have lost this game in extras, but the real story was Takashi Saito perhaps losing the season:
The Dodgers' 38-year-old closer said he felt fine recording the first two outs of the inning. But on the first pitch to the third batter, Wes Helms, Saito said that he was "hit with a sudden tightness."

That he would notice elbow tightness in a game with his adrenaline flowing, Saito said, was the first sign of trouble.

"The kind of tightness that you feel on the mound isn't a normal tightness," he said.

He threw three more pitches.

"It became gradually worse and I thought, 'This isn't tightness,' " Saito said.

What exactly it is won't be known until at least Monday, when Saito is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam.

Hopefully this isn't the end of the line...

Yahoo boxMLB.com recap

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