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Monday, April 19, 2010

Pickoff Moves

Angels Sweep In Toronto! Angels 3, Blue Jays 1

A brilliant pitching performance by Ervin Santana accompanied by timely hitting from Hideki Matsui (though the game was really won in the ninth, when the Angels knocked out a couple needed insurance runs against Scott Downs), this was exactly the kind of game the Halos needed. It kept the bullpen out of it, and nailed down a road sweep of the lately vincible Blue Jays. Bonus points for also getting the Halos to within one game of .500. And maybe of longer-term importance, Brandon Wood picked up an infield single to push his batting average past .100.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

Manny Saves Kershaw From A Loss: Dodgers 2, Giants 1

The old, good 2009 Dodgers team that seemed lost a while back roared back in this game, featuring a long seven-inning outing for starter Clayton Kershaw, and a vintage two-run jack from Manny Ramirez that won the game in the bottom of the eighth. And just my luck, I was running in to Lowe's just as Bruce Bochy yanked Barry Zito, who was on his way to a possible complete game.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

Dodgers DFA Russ Ortiz

For those of us who wondered why on earth they picked him up in the first place, well, the Dodgers designated Russ Ortiz for assignment, calling up Jon Link. It's unclear whether he will accept a minor league assignment.

The Dodgers expect to call up Hong-Chih Kuo and Ronald Belisario this week as well.

Eric Gagne Retires

According to a Francophone publication Rue Frontenac passed along by Rotoworld.

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Other Wood positives... He didn't commit any errors and also hit a pretty deep fly ball to the wall. True, he still muffed a throw to first base and looked tentative on his throwing to first in general, but right now we'll take what we can get.

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