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Bill Russell, seen here with Ralph Garr, and the 1975 Dodgers won their first four games at Dodger Stadium en route to a 49-31 home record.
Bill Russell, seen here with Ralph Garr, and the 1975 Dodgers won their first four games at Dodger Stadium en route to a 49-31 home record.

Fresh off their 3-3 road trip, the Dodgers return home to open a six-game homestand, beginning Monday night against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers were languishing at home last season but, beginning with a win on July 7 they are 29-12 in their last 41 games at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers have won seven straight at home dating back to last season, and their 6-0 home start to 2012 is one of the best since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

Best Dodger Stadium Home Winning Streaks To Open Season
Year Opening Wins Home Record
2009 13 50-31 (.617)
2012 6 TBD
1969 6 50-31 (.617)
2005 5 40-41 (.494)
1981 4 33-23 (.589)
1975 4 49-32 (.605)

The Los Angeles Dodgers record for home wins in a season is 55, set by the 1980 team that would have made the playoffs had they won a 56th home game.

Kemp's Streak Ends

Matt Kemp had a fine week in his own right, hitting .381/.458/.857 with three home runs and six RBI, but his run of three consecutive National League Player of the Week Awards ended, and rightfully so. Braves Freddie Freeman hit .478/.481/1.087 and like Kemp had three home runs, but Freeman also added five doubles and 14 RBI for the week, and captured this week's award.

Tonight's Matchup

Chris Capuano has gone progressively deeper into the game in each start, capped with his six-inning, two-run performance last Wednesday in Milwaukee. Capuano starts the series opener Monday night against the Braves. Jair Jurrjens, who has nine walks and eight strikeouts this season and a league-high five home runs allowed in just 13 innings, gets the call for the Braves. Jurrjens is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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