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Dodgers Look To Snap 2-Game Skid In San Diego

The Dodgers have yet to lose three games in a row this season.
The Dodgers have yet to lose three games in a row this season.

The Dodgers look to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday night as they finish up a two-game series at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have lost two straight games four different times this season, but have yet to lose three in a row.

Here are the games the Dodgers have played so far this season following a two-game losing streak:

  • April 19 at Miller Park: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3
  • April 27 at Dodger Stadium: Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
  • May 5 at Wrigley Field: Dodgers 5, Cubs 1

Tonight's Pitching Matchup

The Dodgers won both of their previous games started by Edinson Volquez this season. Volquez, the Padres' opening day starter, has allowed seven runs in 10 innings in two starts against the Dodgers this season. After allowing four runs in five innings in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on April 15, Volquez has pitched four quality starts in five starts, with a 2.01 ERA during that span with 26 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Aaron Harang allowed 13 baserunners while recording just 13 outs in a loss in San Diego on April 8, but as a Padre last season he was 8-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 17 starts at Petco Park. The last time Harang faced the Padres was April 13 at Dodger Stadium, when he struck out a franchise record nine straight batters en route to a 13-strikeout performance.

O-Dog No More

The Padres made a flurry of roster moves on Thursday, including a complete overhaul of their middle infield. They placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on unconditional release waivers, and placed Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee.

"We felt it was time to make a chance," said general manager Josh Byrnes in a statement. "O-Dog has been a two-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and a contributor to playoff teams, but at this point, we want to give our younger players an opportunity.

Hudson, who hit .283/.357/.417 in an All-Star, Gold Glove winning season for the Dodgers in 2009, is making $5.5 million this season in the second year of a two-year, $11.5 million contract. He has a $2 million buyout of an $8 million club option for 2013.

The Padres recalled infielders Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista from Triple A Tucson, and both are starting for the Padres today. San Diego got Amarista from the Angels for relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri on May 3.

The busy Padres also claimed old friend Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

Starting Lineups

The lineups with three starters and the top reserve on the disabled list seem to inspire a daily question. Such as today's query: why is Adam Kennedy (.179/.292/.231) batting fifth?

Dodgers Padres
SS Gordon RF Venable
2B Ellis CF Maybin
LF Abreu 3B Headley
RF Ethier 1B Alonso
3B Kennedy
LF Darnell
1B Loney C Baker
C Ellis
SS Cabrera
CF Gwynn 2B Amarista
P Harang P Volquez

Game Time: 7:05 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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