Dodgers Look to Start Inter-League Play with Series Win

Player of yesterday's game Jerry Hairston is back in the starting lineup today as the designated hitter (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

After starting the weekend series being no-hit by a medley of Mariners pitchers the Dodgers bats came back to life yesterday in a winning effort. As a result, the Dodgers are in a position to win the first Inter-League series of the season and close a very good road trip for the team. The Dodgers have already secured a winning road trip (thanks to the 4 game sweep in Philadelphia) but a second series win before returning back to Los Angeles to face the Angels would certainly be a nice boost.

Chad Billingsley, who recorded his first win on Tuesday since April, will be taking the mound for the Dodgers looking for his second quality start of the week. Today's game actually marks Billingsley's second start against the Mariners. Back in his rookie year of 2006, Billingsley went 5.0 innings and surrendered 2 runs in a no-decision.

Opposite Billingsley will be Mariners starter Blake Beavan. Beavan was acquired (along with Justin Smoak and others) in the Cliff Lee deal. The scouting report on the 23 year old is that he's a control pitcher who doesn't walk many batters nor does rack up many strikeouts. On the season the right hander who has posted a line of 5.22 / 5.16 / 4.97 on the year (11 starts.)

Starting Lineups

Dodgers
Mariners
SS Gordon (L) RF Ichiro (L)
3B Herrera (S)
2B Ackley (L)
RF Ethier (L) 3B Seager (L)
DH Hairston (R) DH Montero (R)
LF Abreu (L) 1B Smoak (S)
1B Loney(L) CF Saunders (L)
C Ellis(R) C Olivo (R)
2B Kennedy (L) LF Carp (L)
CF Gwynn (L) SS Ryan(R)


P Billingsley
P Beavan

Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

Radio: AM 570

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