For all their woes at different times this season, the Dodgers and Angels are tied for the seventh-best record in baseball as play opens tonight …
- With Luis Cruz’s HR last night, the Dodgers have matched Babe Ruth’s 1927 season with 60 HR, notes Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And it’s only July!
- James Loney nearly made his pitching debut Sunday, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
- Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness delves into the rising costs of deadline acquisitions.
- Ross Stripling, the Dodgers’ fifth-round draft pick this year, earns praise from John Sickels of Minor League Ball. “I would not be surprised if Stripling rises rapidly through the Dodgers farm system in the next year or two,” Sickels writes. “He could be an inning-eating strike machine at the major league level.
- On this date in 1947, writes Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times, the Dodgers ended a 38-year period of being below .500 all-time as a franchise. A 6-1 victory over Cincinnati made them 4,650-4,650.