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Dodgers ignore name change throughout game

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 the jam, 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."

Game 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.