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Freeway Series Rematch, Anaheim Edition

Fernando Valenzuela, the two-game Angel, throws out tonight's first pitch in Anaheim. (<em>Getty Images</em>)
Fernando Valenzuela, the two-game Angel, throws out tonight's first pitch in Anaheim. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers finish off the interleague portion of their schedule with a weekend series in Anaheim against the Angels. The standard Dodger caveats of playing in an American League park apply, in that they have lost both road interleague series this season after losing both last season, and have won just three of 18 series in AL parks since the start of 2005.

Against the Angels in Anaheim, the Dodgers are 14-26 all-time. They lost the series last year, and have lost five of the last six series in Anaheim, losing 13 of their last 18 road games to the Angels. Tonight, Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill, likely happy that he won't be replaced after giving up two runs and throwing just 74 pitches in five innings, just because the Dodgers need offense.

Tyler Chatwood pitches for the Angels, looking to replicate his seven strong innings on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The 21-year old Chatwood has allowed one total run in his last two starts, and pitched at least seven innings in four of his five June starts.


Trent Oeltjen, who has reached base in seven of his last eight plate appearances (walk, home run, single, sacrifice fly, triple, single, walk, single), is in the lineup tonight as designated hitter.

Dodgers Angels
LF Gwynn
3B Izturis
3B Blake RF Hunter
RF Ethier DH Abreu
CF Kemp LF Wells
1B Loney 2B Kendrick
2B Miles
SS Aybar
DH Oeltjen 1B Trumbo
C Ellis C Conger
SS Gordon CF Bourjos
P Kuroda
P Chatwood


  • Fernando Valenzuela, who pitched in two games for the 1991 Angels, will throw out tonight's ceremonial first pitch in Anaheim. Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who while with the Dodgers caught 245 of Valenzuela's 453 career games, will catch the first pitch.
  • Garret Anderson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday night's game.
  • Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts and Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness took part in an 11-minute video chat about the state of the Dodgers.

Game Time: 7:05 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West

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