Dodgers Win But Jackson Injured

Long-time Dodger fans know they can count on their team to not follow the normal procedures. Thus is was no surprise that they slugged the Anaheim ace Bartolo Colon 8-5 after struggling to score runs or the past week or two. However, one frightening 2004 trend jumped up to bite pitching coach Jim Colburn when the franchise's prized prospect, Edwin Jackson, left the game in the second inning with pain in his right arm. Jackson is considered day-to-day with a mild strain of his right elbow.

Adrian Beltré slugged a shot into the Angels bullpen for a 3-0 Dodgers lead in the first and added another the third inning for his team-leading 21st home run of the season. Beltré is batting .327 and also leading the Dodgers with 55 runs batted in.

Beltré continued his All-Star season with his second multi-homer game in a week against the Angels and the Dodgers hit four home runs before a sellout crowd of 43,686.

Robin Ventura, who's last home run was in September of 2003, delivered a home run in the second. Milton Bradley added his eighth homer in the fifth inning.

The Dodgers' bullpen came through again after Jackson left early. Duaner Sanchez took over in the second inning, Darren Dreifort and Guillermo Mota (6-3), who earned the victory, combined for three scoreless innings and Eric Gagné pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 84th consecutive save and 21st of the season.

Jackson went down after starters Hideo Nomo Odalis Perez -- the projected Nos. 1 and 2 starters beginning the season -- were placed on the disabled list with arm troubles. Club officials feel Jackson's injury is not a serious one. The Dodgers planned to have him undergo a precautionary MRI exam in the next few days.

The 20-year-old pitcher surrendered a two-run home run to Vladimir Guerrero in the first and left the game with two out in the second inning.

"There was never any pain, I don't know what it was, it was just a weird feeling. It wasn't on the bone and it wasn't around the elbow. It felt like there was some kind of movement back and forth in there. I didn't really know what it was, but it just felt funny. I just decided to call the trainer and have him come out and look at it."--Edwin Jackson.

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the first on Cesar Izturis' RBI double and Beltré's two-run homer. Ventura's homer in the second put the Dodgers ahead, 4-2, and Beltré's second homer in the third gave the Dodgers another three-run cushion.

The Angels pulled within 5-4 before Cesar Izturis' two-run single extended the Dodgers' lead to 7-4.

The third-place Dodgers (41-37) moved back within 2 1/2 games of first-place San Francisco in the division. They trail S.F. by a single game in the loss column.

Dodger Blue Notes--In an attempt to cool down the problems Milton Bradley has had with the umpires in the National League, he carried the lineup card to home plate Saturday for the pregame exchange. He shook hands with all four umpires including John Hirschbeck, who had ejected Bradley from Friday night's game. Bradley's has been kicked out of three games this season. ... The Los Angeles media has speculated that Jim Tracy may be replaced as Dodgers manager and has pointed out that the Angels' pitching coach Bud Black could be in line for the job. Too many times the manager is blamed when the club doesn't win. Bob Brenley's firing at Arizona is a prime example: Trade ace Curt Schilling, trade a number of good players for slugging 1B Richie Sexon, only to see him go out for the season with injuries, then dump the manager for the whole mess. As the kids would say, "Well, duh!" ... Those who choose to criticize DePodesta for failing to obtain Seattle's pitching ace Freddy Garcia should note that Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is furious that the Chicago White Sox landed him. NY General Manager Brian Cashman pointed out, first to Steinbrenner and then to the media, that the White Sox offered a better selection of prospects. It would seem obvious that just because you want to make a trade doesn't mean the other team wants what you offer. Now there is speculation that Arizona's Randy Johnson would waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade, and if/when it comes about it will make 28 other club's fans furious that their GM doesn't offer a dozen balls and a catcher's mask to the Diamondbacks and snare the ageing but still outstanding lefty.