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Dodgers vs. Padres Game Thread

Chad Billingsley puts a pair of 7-3 records on the line tonight as the Dodgers host the Padres in the opener of a two-game set. On the season, Billingsley is 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA, and he trails only Jason Marquis (8-4) of the Rockies in victories in the National League. Billingsley is also 7-3 lifetime against the Padres, with a 2.44 ERA in 15 games (11 starts).

2009 - Chad Billingsley 7-3 2.59 1.23 85 36

Tall Chris Young starts for the Padres. The Dodgers have won four of the last five times he has started against them. In six of his 12 starts this season, Young has had at least as many walks as strikeouts.

2009 - Chris Young 4-4 4.46 1.37 49 34

Andre Ethier has a seven-game hitting streak, and is hitting .370/.393/.815 during that stretch.

James Loney has come to bat this season with a total of 207 men on base. Nobody in the majors is really close to that figure. Ethier is second in MLB with 193 men on base.

Wednesday's scheduled Padre starter Chad Gaudin has been pushed back a game because he pitched two innings in relief on Sunday. In his place, Wade Leblanc will make his 2009 debut for the Padres.

Silverwidow is the only person who picked tonight in the Russell Martin HR contest. He predicted Martin -- now with a .299 slugging percentage -- will hit a 399-foot home run in the 8th inning.

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