Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Garnett to the Lakers???

The big news here in the L.A. sports scene today centers around the Lakers possibly acquiring all-star forward Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves... The Lakers would give up Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and a third player. More to come on this soon... and if it does happen to come to pass, well then a certain couple of L.A. Times sportswriters will have of making up to do with the fans of the Lakers and a certain guy who wears the #24 uniform. Why have they tried to run Kobe Bryant out of town and ruin our team? I don't know. FYI, I have written them several times in an effort to see where they're coming from and why they hate Kobe so much, but they never respond. More on this to come...

As for the rest of the sports scene, well it's all about baseball right now... The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks began the first of a pivotal four game series in Phoenix. Coming in, the Dodgers trailed the Diamondbacks by 1 1/2 games and the San Diego Padres by 1/2 game for the National League West divison lead... Brad Penny made sure the Dodgers would begin the series on a good note, pitching a strong eight innings, giving up only a run on four hits... the Dodgers would get all of the offense they would need in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs. The key hit was Russell Martin's two run triple... Martin now has 49 RBI's on the year, the most of any catcher in the senior circuit. The Dodgers would cruise to an 8-1 win as Penny won his league leading 10th game. With the Padres loss to the San Francisco Giants in extra innings, the Dodgers moved into second place, one half game behind the Diamondbacks. Chad Billingsley goes for the Dodgers and Edgar Gonzalez for the D-Backs tonight; the winner stakes claim to first place in the divison.

In Anaheim, the Angels had ace John Lackey going... unfortunately, for Lackey the game hinged on one play... A two out bases loaded single by David DeJesus in the second inning scored Ryan Shealy... Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero made a strong throw on the play, one which should have gotten Jason LaRue out at the plate... LaRue somehow managed to knock the ball out of Angel catcher Mike Napoli's glove allowing both he and Joey Gathright to score. Those two unearned runs would prove costly, as the Angels would never recover, falling to the Royals by a 5-3 score. With the Seattle Mariners win over the Red Sox, the Angels American League Western division lead fell to seven games.

Last night also marked the return of Washington Nationals pitcher Jason Bergmann. Limited to a 75 pitch count, Bergmann picked up right where he left off before his injury at RKF Stadium last night as he pitched against the Atlanta Braves... Bergmann pitched a strong four innings, giving up only a run on four hits, walking one while striking out four. This was an especially encouraging performace, and needless to say, if he's available in your fantasy leagues, NOW is the time to get him!!! Unfortunately, the game kind of got away from the Nats in the 6th inning as reliever Bobby Traber was hit hard for three runs, the key blow coming on catcher Brian McCann's three run homer. It was a big night for McCann as he drove in the Braves other run as well. Tim Hudson finally had a good start for the Braves last night, scattering seven hits and allowing a run while striking out nine in his seven innings of work for his seventh win of the year. Bob Wickman closed out the Braves 4-1 win, picking up his 13th save in the process.


OK... time for something new here... well, actually it isn't all new, just kind of a rebirth of sorts... and is back by popular demand... Every Tuesday, I plan on listing my top 20 favorite songs of the week. You may recall I did this at the very beginning of this blog, but other things kind of took over precendence. So, without further ado, here are my top 20 songs of the week:

1. Home - Daughtry (2 weeks @ #1)
2. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich
3. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
4. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean
5. First Time - Lifehouse
6. I Told You So - Keith Urban
7. How I Feel - Martina McBride
8. Ticks - Brad Paisley (2 weeks @ #1)
9. I'll Stand By You - Carrie Underwood
10. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift
11. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler
12. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi
13. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado
14. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (14 weeks @ #1)
15. A Woman's Love - Alan Jackson
16. Girlfriend (radio edit) - Avril Lavigne
17. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
18. Wasted - Carrie Underwood (#12 weeks @ #1)
19. Stand - Rascal Flatts (3 weeks @ #1)
20. Anyway - Martina McBride (2 weeks @ #1)


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