Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 1

Some of the more enduring recent images of Nomar Garciaparra were either the former Red Sox SS sulking in the dugout or writhing around in pain. So what a change then, to see Nomar — for the second time in a week — engaged in pseudo-Kirk Gibson first pumping, teammate-hugging, baby-kissing, etc.  following a huge, game winning homer for the Dodgers.

Roger Clemens is pitching on three days’ rest for the Astros tonight against the Cardinals and Wevie Stonder I. Though the St. Louis still holds a 4 1/2 game cushion in the NL Central after dropping 3 straight to Houston, a total Cards collapse wouldn’t shock me. With Braden Looper in the St. Louis pen, anything’s possible.