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April 23, 2012
HOT: L.A.'S FINEST
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April 23, 2012

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HOT: L.A.'S FINEST

Preseason hype focused on the Angels, but the Dodgers (9--1 through Monday with a +17 run differential) are ruling SoCal. Can we just name Matt Kemp MVP already? The slugger is hitting .487/.523/1.026 with six HRs, all league highs.

NOT: NOT FEELING MINNESOTA

The T-Wolves had a shot at the playoffs before a nine-game skid, much of it without Michael Beasley (toe). And the Twins have been almost identically awful: They're 2--7, and Baseball Prospectus gives them a 1.7% chance of making the postseason.

HOT: BOFFO BIFFLE

Points leader Greg Biffle won at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, passing Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps to go. Said Biffle of chasing down the five-time champ, "I knew [my] team would forgive me if I wrecked trying to beat him."

NOT: ROYAL MESS

The Kings have dropped seven of eight and saw their arena deal collapse. A Sacramento city official compared negotiating with team owners Gavin (below) and Joe Maloof to "dealing with the North Koreans—except they are less competent."

HOT: ANDES DANDIES

Want a World Cup 2014 favorite? Try Argentina. Last weekend Man City's Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez combined for five goals; Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain had one; and Lionel Messi (below) had his 41st of the year, tying the La Liga record.

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