Dodgers Activate Billingsley To Face Rival Giants

After winning just four of 15 games in interleague play this season, the Dodgers are happy to get back to the more familiar part of their schedule.  However, things don't get any easier as they face the second-place Giants.  The Dodgers are 11-13 this month, meaning they would need a sweep in San Francisco to have a winning June, something they had only once in the last six seasons.

Here is a look at the current records of the Dodgers' opponents in June, easily their toughest month on the schedule:

Dodgers June Opponents
Opponent Record Games
Yankees 47-28 3
Red Sox 46-31 3
Braves 44-32 4
Reds 42-34 3
Angels 43-35 6
Cardinals     
41-34 3
Giants 40-34 3
D-Backs 30-46 2

Chad Billingsley returns from the disabled list tonight, making his first start since June 11.  He has made five previous career starts in San Francisco:

Chad Billingsley Career Starts in SF
Date IP H R ER BB K Game
9/13/09 6.0 4 0 0 3 2 LA 9-1
4/28/09 6.0 5 2 1 0 5 SF 5-4
8/10/08 6.0 9 3 3 3 6 SF 5-4
4/28/09 7.1 8 3 2 3 8 LA 5-3
9/13/09 4.0 8 3 3 0 6 SF 7-2
Totals 29.1 34 11 9 9 27 2.76 ERA

Barry Zito starts for the Giants, so a night off for James Loney is not a surprise.  Loney has one hit in 20 career at-bats against Zito, with six strikeouts.  This is the fifth straight game started by Zito against the Dodgers that Loney did not start.  The Dodgers are 9-12 in games started by left-handed pitchers this season.

Lineups

Matt Kemp gets a day off for the second straight day

Dodgers      Giants
SS Furcal
CF Torres
CF Johnson
2B Sanchez     
RF Ethier RF Huff
LF Manny 3B Uribe
1B Belliard
LF Burrell
3B Blake               
1B Sandoval
C Ellis        

SS Renteria
2B Carroll C Molina
P Billingsley  
P Zito

 

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If last night has taught me anything, it is that someone shouldn't be judged after a low point.  To get a full measure of someone's value, their complete body of work should be judged, their entire catalog, if you will.  With that in mind, we should all remember bearface for his long history of commenting here and on various other Dodger sites, and not the absolute garbage he wrote this morning.  Everyone is entitled to a bad day.

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Tomorrow is the launch day for SB Nation Los Angeles, so be sure to update your bookmarks.  You can follow on Twitter at @sbnationla.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 7:15pm

TV:  KCAL

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