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Open Thread: Game 29 - vs. San Diego Padres

Brett Tomko, meet the New San Diego Padres. They hit the ball. They score in bunches. They win games. They're not in last place.

I know it's too early to tell (remember last year?), but the team faces an uphill battle, with four teams of similar quality in front of them. It could be a long year. Still, there are nice stories. Jason Repko has been a joy to watch and seems like a decent guy. Nothing wrong with that. And sure, the .900 -plus OPS may not last, but it has been a nice counterbalance to the struggles of Furcal and Kent. The kids at Vegas are like a birthday present waiting for us. Well, maybe a Christmas present. Anyway, I'm taking my kids to the park on Saturday night, regadless. We may have to leave early due to their being 1 and 2 years old. I hope we don't give Dodger fans a bad reputation.

But first, we have unfinished business with the Padres. Sorry, the New Padres. This is the rubber match for the season series thus far.

The Pitching Matchup:

Clay Hensley (RHP, Padres) vs. Brett Tomko (RHP, Dodgers)

For the (12-15) San Diego Padres:

Roberts, LF
Cameron, CF
Giles, RF
Piazza, C
Bellhorn, 1B
Greene, SS
Castilla, 3B
Barfield, 2B
Hensley, P

For your (12-16) Los Angeles Dodgers:

Lofton, CF
Furcal, SS
Garciaparra, 1B
Drew, RF
Mueller, 3B
Ethier, LF
Robles, 2B
Navarro, C
Tomko, P