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Winning Road Trip or Losing Road Trip?

Eight games into the nine-game road trip, the Dodgers are 4-4. Tonight's game will determine whether or not this was a winning road trip. All the Dodgers have to do is defeat a Giants team with Tim Lincecum on the mound. All the reigning National League Cy Young winner has done in his last two starts is strikeout 25 while allowing only one run in 16 innings. In his career, Lincecum has pitched three times against the Dodgers, and has allowed one earned run each time.

But are the Giants undefeated in Lincecum's starts? Nope.

Have the Dodgers lost a game started by Eric Stults this year? Nope.

I like those odds. Let's hope the Dodgers make Lincecum "put a towel on" sooner rather than later.

In his last ten games, Manny Ramirez has had a multi-hit game in eight of them, including tying an LA Dodger record with three doubles last night. During this ten-game span, Manny is hitting .450/.488/.825.

Josh Rawitch of the Dodgers has a nice article about appreciating Vin Scully. Rawitch sums up the feelings of many Dodger fans with this:

I just hope that everyone finds the time whenever they're watching a game to appreciate his story-telling ability night in and night out. I consider it an honor to work with him, listen to him, and learn from him every game.

Rawitch also drops the lineup, with a twist: Juan Pierre is starting, and batting 9th!

Furcal, SS
Hudson, 2B
Manny, LF
Ethier, RF
Loney, 1B
Martin, C
Blake, 3B
Stults, P
Pierre, CF

You True Blue LA readers were amazing last night, cracking the 1,000 comment barrier yet again. I'll be around tonight, and my goal is to have at least two overthrow threads. Here's why: last Friday, the Dodgers won in Colorado as we had over 1,100 comments in the game threads. The club is 2-0 when we reach the magical 1,000 mark. I think you all know what needs to be done.

Game score guesses go here, as usual.

Box Score | Gameday