"This hot dog's been here since the silent era. You'd have to be insane to eat it."

Forget about Dodger Dogs or those Pink’s Hot Dogs they serve in Hollywood. The best hot dog in these parts, allegedly, is the one served up at the Exxon station on the corner of Arbor Vitae and Airport Blvd., across the street from the National Rental Car facility near LAX. The sign outside the gas station says so — “Best Hot Dogs in L.A.,” it reads.

You can’t argue with that. If it’s on a sign, it must be true.

This reminds me of those “Best Corned Beef in Cleveland” signs you see in the window of virtually every deli back home. The sign is mass-produced, which automatically hurts its credibility. But I’ve always appreciated the effort.

I can say with no amount of certainty that this is the “Best Blog Entry on the Web.” Let’s use it to read tonight’s lineups, shall we? Note the day off for Jhonny Peralta and Casey Blake’s move down to the cleanup spot.

INDIANS (44-54): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, DH Ben Francisco, 1B Casey Blake, LF Shin-Soo Choo, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte, RF Franklin Gutierrez, SS Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Matt Ginter (1-0, 0.00) gets his second and final spot start.

ANGELS (60-39): 3B Chone Figgins, 1B Casey Kotchman, SS Maicer Izturis, RF Vladimir Guerrero, DH Garret Anderson, 2B Howie Kendrick, LF Juan Rivera, C Jeff Mathis, CF Reggie Willits. RHP Jered Weaver (8-8, 4.03).


  • Fausto Carmona’s 40-pitch side session went as expected, so he’s good to go for Saturday’s start against the Twins. “I’m happy to be back,” Carmona said with a smile.
  • This is just a standard day off for Peralta, who has five multi-hit games in the last nine games. Peralta is batting .337 (31-for-92) with 13 doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs in 23 games since his move to the cleanup spot. 
  • The Indians have homered in eight straight games and 16 of their last 17. The Tribe’s 99 homers are the seventh-most in the AL. The club is well off its pace of last season, when 118 homers were hit through 98 games.
  • Andy Marte is batting .286 (8-for-28) with two homers and two RBIs over his last seven games.
  • Rafael Perez leads the Indians and is tied for 10th in the AL with 13 holds this season. 
  • Brendan Donnelly pitched a scoreless sixth inning in his Triple-A Buffalo debut last night.
  • Morgan Ensberg drove in all four runs in the Bisons’ 8-4 loss to Norfolk. But Ensberg is batting just .181 since joining Buffalo last month.



Peralta needs a nickname. I recommend Daisy, because he only blooms in summer. He might not like it, but it still sounds better than his one from springtime, Mr. Bases Loaded Strikeout. Seriously, if he’s still around next year, the plan should be to keep him in the minors, call him up around mid June. He’ll hit .320 with 20HRs. On the other hand, they could trade him to L.A. Why has no one thought of this? I really should have Shapiro’s job.

Ya, I got one, how about “Fat Head Peralta” or “Mr. Bobble Head”? Just a thought…

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