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Angels win L.A. turf war, but fear losing Guerrero

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- While the Angels won the opening game in the much-hyped meeting between the two teams using Los Angeles in their names, their victory proved costly when AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero left with an injury that left his team worried.

Jarrod Washburn pitched seven sharp innings in the Angels' 9-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night -- the Angels' first regular-season game in Los Angeles since renaming themselves the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Guerrero got hurt in the fifth while sliding on his stomach to try to avoid a tag by catcher Jason Phillips. The right fielder was attempting to score from first on a double by Steve Finley, and was called out by umpire Paul Emmel to end the inning.

"It's tough to see something like that happen when he's playing the game hard," said Chone Figgins, who drove in three runs with a second-inning triple off Scott Erickson. "We run the bases hard and we're always aggressive."

Preliminary X-rays confirmed a jammed left shoulder, and Guerrero's arm was placed in a sling. He was to have a full set of X-rays Saturday in Anaheim before being re-evaluated before Saturday night's game in Los Angeles.

"We're concerned, to say the least," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We need to see exactly what happened and how he feels."

Guerrero went 0-for-3 and was replaced by Juan Rivera, who hit a grand slam in the ninth.

The rest of the Angels were clearly worried about Guerrero.

"We don't want to be without him for any length of time," Washburn said. "He'd be a huge loss. Hopefully, it's minimal damage."

Washburn left the game because of tightness in his left forearm, but he said it was nothing serious.

The Angels downplayed the first of six meetings this season against a team with the same city in its name.

"Just another game against the Dodgers," Washburn said. "It didn't feel any different to me because of the stupid L.A.-L.A. thing."

Figgins scored on a sacrifice fly by Darin Erstad, making it 4-0. Juan Rivera, who replaced Guerrero in right field, hit a grand slam in the ninth.

"It's a game to us," Figgins said. "It's not our job to worry about (names)."

The Dodgers never acknowledged the Angels' name change. The public address announcer introduced the visitors as the Angels of Anaheim, and the main scoreboard listed them as the Angels. The outfield scoreboard displayed the team's symbol, a giant 'A' with a halo around it, when the Angels were at-bat.

"Just another game," Scioscia said, echoing Washburn. "It's much ado about nothing. We're the Angels and they're the Dodgers."

Washburn (3-2) scattered five hits, struck out one and walked one for his first win since May 2, when he beat Seattle 5-0. The left-hander allowed just two runners to reach second base.

Brendan Donnelly and Esteban Yan finished the six-hitter, the Angels' fourth shutout of the season. It's the first time the Dodgers have been blanked.

Yhency Brazoban walked Jeff DaVanon with the bases loaded in the ninth, forcing in a run. Rivera followed with his second career slam, making it 9-0.

The Angels backed Washburn with solid defense in the seventh. With two outs, Olmedo Saenz hit a ground-rule double and Jason Phillips singled to left -- but DaVanon threw out Saenz at the plate.

"That's one of the best throws I've ever seen," said Washburn, who high-fived DaVanon on the field.

Erickson walked Washburn to load the bases in the second before Figgins tripled.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy was noncommittal about Erickson's status after the right-hander turned in another poor performance.

"That's not something that I dwell on right after a game is over," he said. "Instead of sitting here and blurting out something that I would regret when I wake up tomorrow, it's better served for me to just think my way through this, huddle up with some of my staff and then organize a plan of attack."

Erickson (1-4) gave up four runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest outing this season.

"For the most part, I was effective when I threw it over the plate, until the guy hit the triple, which wasn't a bad pitch," he said. "I realized what I was doing wrong, and it's easy to correct. You watch tape and you see yourself flying open a little bit. Sometimes you just don't figure it out when you're in the heat of battle and don't notice the little things you might be doing wrong."

Notes

  • Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis had two singles for his 22nd multihit game of the season, which leads the majors. It was his fifth straight game with at least two hits.
  • The crowd of 54,543 was the Dodgers' eighth sellout this season.
  • The Angels have won four of their last five games at Dodger Stadium.
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, the first Hispanic elected Los Angeles mayor since 1872, threw out the first pitch, bumping boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, who had been scheduled. Chavez will get his turn on Sunday.
  • Cuban-born INF-OF Kendry Morales, who signed with the Angels in December, will begin his professional career Saturday at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
 
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Vladimir Guerrero grimaces in pain as members of the Angels' training staff help him off the field. (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero grimaces in pain as members of the Angels' training staff help him off the field. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

C. Figgins
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Anaheim

J. Washburn
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B-CF3113110 .257
Darin Erstad, 1B2111200 .255
    Dallas McPherson, 3B0000000 .218
Jeff DaVanon, LF3111210 .229
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3000001 .303
    Juan Rivera, RF2114012 .246
Steve Finley, CF5010013 .201
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
Orlando Cabrera, SS5010000 .235
Bengie Molina, C4110001 .292
Adam Kennedy, 2B4220000 .265
Jarrod Washburn, P2100100 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH-1B0100100 .167
Totals33999747 
a-walked for Donnelly in the 9th
Batting
2B - Steve Finley (7, Alvarez)
3B - Chone Figgins (3, Erickson)
HR - Juan Rivera (2, Brazoban)
SF - Darin Erstad (1)
SH - Chone Figgins (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins 3 (17), Darin Erstad (16), Jeff DaVanon (6), Juan Rivera 4 (11)
SB - Chone Figgins (13, 2nd base off Sanchez/Phillips), Jeff DaVanon (5, 2nd base off Alvarez/Phillips)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff DaVanon 1
DP - Figgins-Kennedy-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn (W,3-2) 7500110 3.54
Brendan Donnelly 1000000 2.79
Esteban Yan 1100100 4.50
WP - Esteban Yan (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 92-62, Brendan Donnelly 12-8, Esteban Yan 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-11, Brendan Donnelly 1-2, Esteban Yan 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 25, Brendan Donnelly 3, Esteban Yan 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS4020000 .347
Jason Repko, LF4000002 .221
J.D. Drew, RF4010011 .254
Jeff Kent, 2B4000001 .289
Milton Bradley, CF3000100 .318
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4020002 .364
Jason Phillips, C2010102 .298
Mike Edwards, 3B3000001 .275
Scott Erickson, P0000000 .154
    Wilson Alvarez, P1000000 .000
   a- Antonio Perez, PH1000000 .286
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   b- Hee Seop Choi, PH1000000 .307
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Totals31060219 
a-grounded out for Alvarez in the 6th
b-flied out for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Olmedo Saenz 2 (8, Washburn, Washburn)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Drew 1
DP - Edwards-Kent-Saenz
PB - Jason Phillips 2 (2)
E - Mike Edwards (4, misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Scott Erickson (L,1-4) 1.2444310 7.22
Wilson Alvarez 4.1100020 0.84
Duaner Sanchez 2200110 2.42
Kelly Wunsch 0.1133200 4.40
Yhency Brazoban 0.2122101 4.76
IBB - Erstad by Kelly Wunsch
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Erickson 48-24, Wilson Alvarez 48-32, Duaner Sanchez 27-15, Kelly Wunsch 12-4, Yhency Brazoban 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Erickson 1-3, Wilson Alvarez 5-6, Duaner Sanchez 3-1, Kelly Wunsch 1-0, Yhency Brazoban 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Erickson 12, Wilson Alvarez 14, Duaner Sanchez 8, Kelly Wunsch 4, Yhency Brazoban 4
Game Information
Attendance - 54543
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne