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Dodgers Shall Face Livan, And Shall Have A Good Game

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CINCINNATI - JULY 22:  Livan Hernandez #61 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 22 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - JULY 22: Livan Hernandez #61 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 22 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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On True Blue LA Night, we not only get to see the Dodgers, but also baseball's version of the energizer bunny in Livan Hernandez. He has been around seemingly forever, and is still just 35 years old. He was on the Expos when they moved to Washington, and played for four more teams in about three seasons before returning to the Nationals in 2009. From 2006 to 2009, Hernandez provided the encyclopedic example for midseason transactions, as he was either traded, claimed off waivers, or released in three out of four seasons.

Longest Active Streak With 30+ Starts
Pitcher Seasons
Livan Hernandez 12
Jeff Suppan 11
Javier Vazquez 10
Barry Zito 9
Mark Buehrle 9

Hernandez is pretty much the definition of an innings eater. Tonight is his 23rd start of the season, well on his way to a 13th straight season of 30 or more games started, the longest such streak among active pitchers.

He gives up a ton of hits (an average of 245 hits per season for the last dozen years), he doesn't strikeout many batters (a shade under five per nine innings this season), and he couldn't break a pane of glass with his fastball (84.7 mph on average this season), but damn it if he isn't fun to watch.

In each of his last two starts against the Dodgers, Hernandez gave up eight runs, once with the Mets, and once with the Nats. Both were in the second half of last season.

Hiroki Kuroda is 1-5 in his last six starts with a 4.96 ERA, but he also has just five unintentional walks against 25 strikeouts during that span. In those six starts, he has allowed two home runs, and both were of the three-run variety, one to Mike Stanton of the Marlins, and the other to Will Venable of the Padres.

One other important fact to remember is that the Dodgers don't lose on True Blue LA night.

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Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV:  Prime Ticket

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