The week ahead
Dodgers: The Dodgers make their only scheduled visit this year to the Phillies' bandbox, so the homers should be flying -- even off the Dodgers' bats. In sweeping four games from the Phillies last week at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers outhomered Philadelphia, 5-4. The Phillies lead the major leagues in home runs -- they have hit almost twice as many as the Dodgers -- but the L.A. lineup now features Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake and Matt Kemp every day.
Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Friday through next Monday at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Angels: The Twins did not have to trade Johan Santana -- they had him signed for this year -- and can you imagine how good the Twins would have been with Santana in place of Livan Hernandez in their rotation? The net cost to the Twins would have been $8 million, virtual pennies given the millions Minnesota receives each year in revenue sharing. Perhaps the Twins' executives undervalued their own ability to rebuild, because Minnesota comes into Angel Stadium in position for its fifth AL Central title in seven years.
Angels vs. Minnesota Twins, Thursday through next Sunday at Angel Stadium.
Elsewhere: The Marlins have been in business since 1993, with two World Series championships. They appeared to punt on this season when they traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers last winter, but the Marlins are above. 500 and the Tigers are not. The Marlins have more home runs than the Tigers. And the Tigers promoted Willis last week -- to triple A. Florida visits Arizona this week, leaving Dodgers fans with this rallying cry: Go Fish!