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Dodgers Open Series With Diamondbacks

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Casey Blake could return to the Dodgers as soon as Saturday.
Casey Blake could return to the Dodgers as soon as Saturday.

The Dodgers open up a series with the Diamondbacks tonight at Dodger Stadium, the final leg of their nine-game homestand, and the start of trade deadline weekend. Which may (or may not) explain why Eugenio Velez is playing second base tonight rather than Jamey Carroll.

Ted Lilly had a season-high nine strikeouts against Arizona 12 days ago, but he also got touched for four runs in his 6 2/3 innings. His mound opponent tonight, Josh Collmenter, made was a winner in his first major league start on May 14 at Dodger Stadium, pitching six scoreless innings. Chad Billingsley took the loss that night despite giving up just one hit.

Lineups

Diamondbacks   Dodgers
SS
Bloomquist

SS
Furcal
2B
Johnson

3B
Miles
RF
Upton

RF
Ethier
CF
Young

CF
Kemp
1B
Nady

LF
Rivera
3B
Roberts

1B
Loney
LF
Cowgill

C
Navarro
C
Blanco

2B
Velez
P
Collmenter

P
Lilly

Notes

  • The Dodgers announced that Carlos Monasterios, who made just one start in Triple A this season back in April, underwent Tommy John surgery on July 15, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
  • Casey Blake will play another rehab game tonight with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Saturday. Juan Uribe, who has battled a hip flexor for the better part of a week, could be placed on the DL, also per Hernandez.
  • The Dodgers have lost two of three games at home to Arizona this season but are 19-7 against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium dating back to 2008.
  • Arizona has won eight of their last 12 games, including taking two of three in San Diego on the first leg of their nine-game NL West road trip that will take them to San Francisco after this series.
  • Old friend Yhency Brazoban, who pitched in six games for the Diamondbacks this season, has been sold to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan.
  • Arizona made another move, though it doesn't affect this weekend series, acquiring Ryan Langerhans for the always valuable cash considerations.
  • Tonight is LA Kings night at Dodger Stadium. Before the game, Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to teammates Scott Parse, Rich Clune and Alec Martinez.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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