LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers capped a tumultuous day with a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, getting a four-hitter from Jon Garland on rookie manager Don Mattingly's 50th birthday.
Major League Baseball announced earlier Wednesday that it was assuming control of the Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners' bitter divorce. Commissioner Bud Selig told Frank McCourt he will appoint a MLB representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.
The players didn't seem to be bothered by the turmoil one bit. Juan Uribe broke out of a severe slump with four RBIs in the first two innings. Andre Ethier had three hits, including his 100th career home run.