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