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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pickoff Moves

Dirtbag vs. Dirtbag: Mariners 3, Angels 0

A pair of former CSULB Dirtbags on the mound last night, and it was Jason Vargas for the M's who walked away with the win. Vargas has been up and down with the Marlins, Mets, and now the Mariners for the last three years. He missed all of 2008 because of hip surgery, from which he finally recovered and, if this game is any indication, he's now actually living up to his promise as a quality third starter.

Of course, the Angels' tepid lineup had a lot to do with that. The Angels rookies are now looking like rookies, Mark Trumbo especially, hitting an anemic .159/.191/.254 in May. The Angels managed eleven baserunners and stranded all of them.

Jered Weaver took his fourth straight loss, but at least it was a quality start (and then some).

The Angels have been shut out in consecutive games. Ugh. Third place — and after that enticing but apparently misleading hot April, too! — beckons.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

Dodgers Show Life But Not A W: Giants 8, Dodgers 5

The Dodgers looked like they were gonna get creamed again after los Gigantes posted a 4-0 lead after four off an especially shaky Clayton Kershaw, who even granted them the favor of walking in a run. But the Dodgers somehow reached back to tie thing in the eighth, chasing starter Matt Cain, yet it wasn't enough. If Lance Cormier is on the mound, bad things happen, and sure enough, Cody Ross took him yard for the margin of victory, a three-run jack. This is a tough team to watch.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

More On Jamie's Attempt To Force A Sale

Multiple reports coming across the transom this morning from ESPN's Molly Knight and the LAT's Bill Shaikin. Jamie "resolve this situation for my family in a way that also advances the best interests of the Dodgers fans, players and franchise". She is asking for a sale of all Dodger assets, land, team, and other property; if the court declines to force a sale, she wants MLB to take over. Jamie apparently didn't want to sell but now feels it's inevitable. Meanwhile, Frank is doing a Hail Mary and asking Judge Gordon to force MLB to approve the Fox TV deal.

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