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Freeway Series, Episode V: The Dodgers Strike Back

Tonight the Dodgers will again be taking on the Angels, looking for revenge after a tough loss yesterday. The Dodgers have only lost 13 of their last 18 games against the Angels, including 8 of their last 9 at Angel Stadium. The Dodgers are unbeaten in their last seven series, going 5-0-2, but if they lose tonight their unbeaten streak will be over. The last time the Dodgers lost a series was when the played the Angels at home in LA.

Jeff Weaver makes his first start since May 20th, and he will be facing off against his brother Jered Weaver. They will be the eigth set of brothers to start against one another in a major league game. Here's the full list of brother vs. brother matchups via Retrosheet:

Brothers Times Most Recent
Alan and Andy Benes 1 2002
Ramon and Pedro Martinez 1 1996
Greg and Mike Maddux 2 1988
Joe and Phil Niekro 9 1982
Pat and Tom Underwood 1 1979
Jim and Gaylord Perry 1 1973
Jess and Virgil Barnes 5 1926

Weaver will be looking for the first win in June by a non-Billingsley Dodger starter. The Dodgers' starters are currently 0-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 63.2 IP over 13 games.

  Here's the lineups for tonight's game:


Los Angeles Dodgers @ Los Angeles Angels

06/20/09 6:05 PM PDT

Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels
Juan Pierre - LF Chone Figgins - 3B
Rafael Furcal - SS Bobby Abreu - RF
Orlando Hudson - 2B Torii Hunter - CF
James Loney - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - DH
Casey Blake - 3B Juan Rivera - LF
Andre Ethier - RF Kendry Morales - 1B
Mark Loretta - DH Maicer Izturis - 2B
Russell Martin - C Jeff Mathis - C
Matt Kemp - CF Erick Aybar - SS

I don't think I need to mention the absurdity of having the player with the highest wOBA on the team who is not suspended bat 9th. At least there's no back-to-back lefties this time. Baby steps, people.

Get your guesses in for "She Is Gone" here.

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