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The Vicente Padilla Era Begins

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<em>Photo courtesy of Jon SooHoo / <a href="http://www.dodgers.com" target="new">Dodgers</a></em>
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Vicente Padilla makes his Dodger debut today, the 24th pitcher used by the Dodgers this season and the 11th to start a game.  He was 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 4.94 FIP with Texas, but was released early last week.  Shortly thereafter, the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract and, since he hadn't pitched since August 5, he threw one minor league start, allowing two runs in five innings for Albuquerque on Saturday.

Jorge De La Rosa has won three straight starts for Colorado, even though in his last one he gave up six runs in six innings against the Giants.

Andre Ethier has three hits in each of the first two games of the series.

What can we expect today from Padilla?  Who knows?  There are a wide range of possibilities, but hopefully the Dodger offense can come through again to lessen the burden on Padilla.

The Dodgers are 9-2 in "rubber games" (final game of a series tied 1-1) on the road this season.

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Game Time:  12:10pm

TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network

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