Los Angeles Teams

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Agler still yet to win in three trips back to KeyArena as Sparks head coach since leaving the Storm before last season.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Seattle beats Los Angeles by a 79-72 final in the first game back from the Olympic break. The Sparks suffered their third loss in their last four games since starting 20-1 but remain a half-game up on Minnesota for the WNBA's best record. With the win the Storm take sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Ruiz has reached base in each of his first three at-bats with the Dodgers. He has been hit by a pitch, walked and delivered a single in the fifth inning. He was brought in to help against left-handers and has done that already.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley has done plenty over a long career, but the play from his back might have been a new one. Utley saved a run for the Dodgers when he made a diving stop on the Cubs' Ben Zobrist and threw to first base while laying down, looking straight up at the sky.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Breanna Stewart has missed layups to cost Sue Bird assists on a pair of gorgeous passes.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Corey gets his second two-bagger (generous scoring) and is now tied for the NL doubles lead with 37. Seager seems to be solidifying his grasp on an NL rookie of the year award.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Sparks will need a big fourth-quarter comeback to avoid their fourth loss of the season. The Storm lead by 11 heading to the final period.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Early Brian Agler timeout as the Storm matches its largest lead at 11 less than two minutes after halftime.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Corey Seager delivered his 36th double of the season. At the start of the day Friday, the only National Leaguers who had more were Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo, both with 37.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Essence Carson beats the buzzer with a 3-pointer to cut the Storm's lead to three at halftime, 31-28. Both teams shooting below 40 percent.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first at-bat with the Dodgers, Carlos Ruiz is hit by a pitch.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Agler had a sub at the table for Nneka Ogwumike but she picked up her fourth foul prior to halftime before the sub could be made.

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Tigers double up Angels for fifth straight win (0:42)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Agler with his third timeout of the first quarter with his Sparks trailing the Storm 22-11 late in the period.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Just two Dodgers starters have reached the seventh inning this month. In related news, Dodgers starter Bud Norris gave up one run in a 23-pitch first inning against the Cubs.

ESPN Stats & Info

Pujols creeping up on 600 homers

Albert Pujols' 398-foot home run to left field against the Tigers was the 585th of his career.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Tracking the Dodgers' rotation is a daily affair. Rookie Julio Urias was named the starter for Saturday. Kenta Maeda was not only scheduled for Monday, he was first optioned to the AZL Dodgers but will return for the Colorado series. Sunday is TBA, but rookie Brock Stewart will likely start that day.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Storm honored Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart pregame for the gold medals they won with the U.S. Olympic team as L.A. Sparks stars Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike -- both left off the team --- looked on.

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Upton connects on two-run shot (0:21)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers got tricky with the roster, as they optioned Kenta Maeda to the Arizona Rookie League. He is not expected to report there. Since that team's season ends Sunday, Maeda can come right back and start for the Dodgers on Monday. The Dodgers needed roster space for both Carlos Ruiz and Brock Stewart.

Lineup: Dodgers (71-56) vs. Cubs (81-45)

  • 1. Howie Kendrick, LF (R)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R))
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Enrique Hernandez, CF (R)
  • 6. Carlos Ruiz, C (R)
  • 7. Josh Reddick, RF (L)
  • 8. Chase Utley, 2B (L)
  • 9. Bud Norris, RHP
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