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Dodgers Starters Stingy With The Walk

Ted Lilly walked one in seven innings in his first start of the season last Saturday.
Ted Lilly walked one in seven innings in his first start of the season last Saturday.

As the Dodgers open a three-game series with the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Ted Lilly looks to continue a trend of quality starting pitching that has helped key the club's 10-3 start.

The Dodgers have just seven quality starts in 13 games, but six of those have come in the last nine games. After Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang each issued 10 free passes in weekend starts in San Diego, Dodgers starting pitchers have been stingy with the walk.

Date Pitcher Opp IP H R ER BB K
Apr 10 Clayton Kershaw Pit 7.0 4 1 1 0 7
Apr 11 Chad Billingsley Pit 6.0 5 1 1 0 4
Apr 12 Chris Capuano Pit 5.1 6 2 2 0 7
Apr 13 Aaron Harang SD 6.1 4 4 4 2 13
Apr 14 Ted Lilly SD 7.0 2 1 0 1 4
Apr 15 Clayton Kershaw
SD 5.1 8 4 3 3 3
Apr 17 Chad Billingsley @ Mil 6.0 5 2 2 0 2
Apr 18 Chris Capuano @ Mil 6.0 6 2 2 2 4
Apr 19
Aaron Harang @ Mil 6.0 8 3 3 1 4
Totals: 4-0, 2.95 ERA 55.0 48 20 18 9 48

That's nine walks in the last nine starts by Dodgers starting pitchers.

Guzman Suspended

Relief pitcher Angel Guzman, listed by the MLB press release as on the Triple A Albuquerque roster though he never showed up in Albuquerque, was suspended Friday for 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a "drug of abuse."

Guzman, the former Cub who missed all of 2010 after shoulder surgery, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on December 9, and was 1-0 in 5 1/3 scoreless innings during spring training, with a walk and two strikeouts.

Guzman was reassigned to minor league camp on March 24.

Starting Lineups

Dee Gordon, hitting .192/.263/.231 through 13 games and is in the midst of a 6-for-38 slump, gets a night off Friday against the southpaw Happ. Justin Sellers starts at shortstop in place of Gordon and bats leadoff.

Dodgers Astros
SS Sellers CF Maxwell
2B Ellis 2B Altuve
CF Kemp LF Martinez
LF Rivera
1B Lee
RF Ethier 3B Johnson
3B Hairston
SS Lowrie
1B Loney RF Bogusevic
C Ellis C Snyder
P Lilly P Happ

Game Time: 5:05 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network

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