Notes from a day in baseball:

1. LaLaWood Fables. In Major League baseball terms, it was like your autistic team manager draining six three-pointers in a high school game. That's pretty much what happened on Monday, as the Dodgers hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs (that's four) to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and then won it on Nomar Garciaparra's walkoff two-run homer in the 10th, 11-10 over San Diego. The win places LA back in the first in the NL West by a half-game over the robed ones. All of this in front of 55,831 at Dodger Stadium, and after San Diego had retaken the lead, 10-9, in the top of the 10th. Our tater parade in the ninth included Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson; the latter two on two straight pitches by Trevor Hoffman. The last time a team hit four consecutive homers, by the way, was on May 2, 1964 (Minnesota Twins, against Kansas City ... and we're betting that Harmon Killebrew was involved somehow).

2. Return Of The Gambler. After a dreadful stretch following the All-Star break, everyone's favorite cameraman batterer, Kenny Rogers, is 5-0 over his past eight starts. Magglio Ordonez hit a pair of home runs as the Tigers beat the White Sox 8-2, Detroit moving to 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place (and idle) Minnesota in the AL Central. Chicago lost despite turning a triple play, doncha know.

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3. Aramis For Men. Aramis Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two homers, with seven RBI, as the Cubs handed the Phillies an 11-6 caning. Philadelphia was eliminated from the NL East race when the Mets beat Florida 4-0 earlier Monday to clinch the division title. And with the Dodgers and Padres trading slaps atop the NL West, the Phils just may remain 1 1/2 games back in the wild-card race forever.

4. Rockies Outscore Entire Monday Night Football game. Jeff Baker, who was just called up last week, hit a pair three-run homers as the Rockies beat the Giants (get this), 20-8. Baker hit his first major league home run in his final at-bat at Arizona on Sunday and then hit two more in his first two at-bats on Monday.

5. Bedard Late Than Never. Erik Bedard (15-9) won his third consecutive start and Corey Patterson hit a three-run homer, as the Orioles beat the Devil Rays 4-1. Oh, and the Cardinals lost a rather difficult game.