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Monday, June 27, 2011

Interleague Play Continues in Minnesota

Dodgers @ Twins
5:10pm
Game 1
What's in Minnesota Anyways?


I didn't see any of the game yesterday, but I was shocked to see the Dodgers had won when I checked the score. We barely avoided a sweep by the Angels, and we still have three games in Anaheim to play. The Dodgers jumped on a plane to Minnesota, and they will play three games against the Twins to wrap up the month before they return to Southern California later in the week. 

Chad Billingsley (6-6, 4.48) will attempt to go longer than 5 innings, since he hasn't been able to get out of the 6th inning in any of his last 4 starts. He did pick up a win against the Tigers his last time out. Nick Blackburn (6-5, 3.15) will make his first start against the Dodgers in his career. The Twins have lost 44 games which is the same number of losses held by the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won 3 more games than the Twins. The Twins have lost 5 games in a row. They are in last place in the AL Central, 9 games behind Detroit. Kansas City is also 9 games back. Last season The Twins were the AL Central Division Champs, but since then they have plummeted to last place. We feel your pain Minnesota. Jason Repko, the former Dodger, is now on the Twins along with Jim Thome, their DH. Thome only needs 7 homeruns to reach 600 career homeruns. 

Lineup:

Gwynn 7
Blake 5
Ethier DH
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Uribe 4
Oeltjen 9
Ellis 2
Gordon 6

Ethier will get to be the designated hitter today, and Oeltjen will be playing in right field. Gordon will bat in the 9th spot. So we'll have two speedy rabbits at the top and bottom of the lineup.

Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw who garnered the title of NL Player of the Week! He was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and had 22 strikeouts to earn the honor. 
Clayton Kershaw NL Player of the Week


In more McCourt drama news, The Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy protection. As if this season couldn't be more embarrassing. McCourt will have 120 days to submit a reorganization plan. The first hearing in court will be Tuesday. Amusingly the Dodgers biggest creditor is listed as Manny Ramirez who is owed $20,992,086. 

Go Blue:)

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