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Dodgers Begin a New Series Against an Old Rival

NL West Standings

Los Angeles 88 59 .598 0 Won 3
Colorado 83 64 .564 5 Won 1
San Francisco 79 67 .541 8.5 Lost 1
San Diego 66 81 .448 22 Won 1
Arizona 64 83 .435 24 Lost 1

(updated 9.18.2009 at 3:21 PM PDT)

After sweeping the Pirates for the first time since 2006, the Dodgers will look to do the same this weekend against a familiar division foe. Tonight at 7:10 PM the Dodgers will be taking on the Giants at Dodger Stadium, with Vicente Padilla facing off against Jonathan Sanchez.

This is the Dodgers final series against the Giants this season. So far they have won 9 of the 15 games between the two teams. The Dodgers magic number entering today is eight, so a combination of eight Dodger wins and Giants losses would clinch the Dodgers 3rd playoff birth in the last four seasons. If the Dodgers hang on to win the NL West it will be the first time they have done so in back-to-back seasons since the 1977-1978 seasons. The magic number to clinch the NL West is 11.

And of course, today is the third anniversary of the 4+1 game. So make sure to celebrate that! 


Check out Xeifrank's simulation of today's game here.

Don't forget to RSVP for True Blue LA Day at Dodger Stadium, on the next-to-last day of the regular season, October 3 against the Rockies.

Get your guesses in for our today's "One, Two, Three Strikes You're Out!" here.

Game Time:  7:10pm

TV:  Prime Ticket

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