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Jamey Carroll gets the start against the LHP Ted Lilly
Jamey Carroll gets the start against the LHP Ted Lilly

Jamey Carroll gets the start at second base facing the left-handed Ted Lilly. Surprisingly, Xavier Paul starting over Reed Johnson.

Cubs Dodgers
RF Fukudome SS Furcal
2B Theriot 2B Carroll
1B Lee RF Ethier
3B Ramirez CF Kemp
CF Byrd 1B Loney
LF Colvin 3B Blake
SS Fontenot C Martin
C Hill LF Paul
P Lilly P Billingsley


  • It's well documented that the Dodgers have been playing well within the division, but the team has a winning record against the Central as well. Dodgers are 15-10 against the Central and 43-27 against the National League.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo ranks third among qualifying relievers with a 1.03 ERA (3 ER/26.1 IP) and has limited opposing hitters to a .122 batting average (11-for-90), which ranks second among big league relievers. Kuo has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed batter (0-for-30) with 16 strikeouts.
  • Rafael Furcal’s home run last night was his fourth homer in his past eight games. Furcal has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .500 (25-for-50) since June 26, and has been killing it since returning from the bereavement list on June 24:

Furcal’s NL Ranks since June 24


.458 (1)

On-base Percentage

.500 (2)

Slugging Percentage

.780 (3)


27 (1)


19 (1)


17 (1)

Source: Stats, Inc

  • Joe Torre announced yesterday that outfielder Manny Ramirez will join Brad Ausmus at Single-A Inland Empire on Saturday for a rehab assignment with the 66ers. Ramirez has been on the DL since June 30 with a strained right hamstring and is expected to be ready to re-join the team on July 15 in St. Louis .

Game Time: 7:10

TV: Prime Ticket