On the day the Lakers landed Steve Nash and Dodger-hater Carlos Lee got his ass shipped to Florida, the Dodgers made a little news of their own by reclaiming first place in the NL West. Sure, it's only by half a game, and they could slip back into second tomorrow, but valleys sure seem shallower in the rearview mirror, don't they? The Dodgers' recent nosedive was painful, but they were out of first place for six days (albeit the longest six days of the season so far).
Former Red Aaron Harang showed his old team no love, holding them to a single earned run over seven innings. Unlikely suspects Luis Cruz and James Loney each had RBIs in the Dodgers' three-run first inning, and Dee Gordon stole two bases — but left the game in the eighth after it looked like he hurt his hand sliding headfirst into third. (In other injury news, Andre Ethier hit the DL earlier today.) Ronald Belisario held the hold in the eighth, Adam Kennedy tacked on a sac-fly RBI in the ninth, and Kenley Jansen saved it in eight pitches.
Dodgers travel to Arizona for a four-game series, their last before the All-Star break. A win or two in the desert would sure help make July look a lot brighter than June.
Dee Gordon has dislocated right thumb, but x-rays showed nothing broken. Will have MRI Thursday— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) July 5, 2012
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