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The Dodgers congratulate each other after sweeping the Nationals on Sunday.

The Dodgers congratulate each other after sweeping the Nationals on Sunday.

Wow! Other than Kemp hurting his ankle in the 9-2 finale of our series in Washington, this weekend was just about the best way the Dodgers could possibly have started the season’s second half.

The Bison went 3-4 with a homer, 3 RBIs and a walk in his return from the D.L. just in time to injure himself again. Hopefully, the ankle turn wasn’t anything serious. He might get the reputation for being made of glass.

A day after edging out the Nats, 3-1, in 10 innings on Saturday, the Blue Crew completed the sweep behind fantastic pitching by our ace, Clayton Kershaw, and super power from Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, who also went long and had 3 RBIs.

The Dodgers even had a share of 1st place for a little while, until the D’bags eked out a 3-1 win to stop the Giants from sweeping them in San Francisco. So they still have a ½-game lead over the Dodgers, who are now 50-47. Can you believe it? Three games over .500!

Keep it up, guys!

Baseball Reliquary exhibitAt the library
My photo of Ian Kennedy pitching (and losing) at Opening Day, 2010, is part of a photo exhibit organized by Terry Cannon and the Baseball Reliquary at the Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena CA 91101, (626) 744-4066. Here is map.

Baseball Photo Exhibition Flyer

There’s a lot of really cool stuff in the show, which is spread out in several display cases scattered throughout the reading rooms. Check it out!

My dog, Zorro, loves to sit on my lap and watch the Dodgers win.

My dog, Zorro, loves to sit on my lap and watch the Dodgers win.

Just like old times: Andre Ethier coming through in the clutch, hitting the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning and pushing the Dodgers to a winning record. What a guy, huh?

Ethier hits like a champ off this Rafael Soriano, and last night was no different. He golfed a low-and-inside slider into the right field bleachers for a gravity-defying round-tripper that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Dodgers their 18th win in the last 23 games, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.

But it was truly a team effort. Ricky Nolasco did a fine job as starting pitcher, and Yasiel Puig dazzled in the outfield as usual. I don’t think trying to tell him to take it a little easier is actually working. He hit the wall again last night. I get the feeling he thinks he’s made out of flubber and can bounce back from anything.

Ronald Belisario got the win for his one fine inning of work (looking good finally, Beli!), and Kenley Jansen mystified the batters in the ninth to retire them in order for his tenth save of the season.

To top it all off, the Giants did us a favor and beat the D’bags, so we moved up to 1½ games out of first.