The Dodgers held serve against the Angels in the opening two games of the Freeway Series at home, and now are in Anaheim looking to win in what has been a house of horrors for them. The Dodgers will have Matt Kemp and Nick Punto back in the lineup despite recent minor injuries for both.
Kemp was hit by a pitch in the second inning on Tuesday night and later felt numbness in his fingers, which impaired his throwing. Kemp was replaced in center field in the ninth inning by Skip Schumaker. But he is back in the lineup on Wednesday, batting fifth for a second straight day against Angels hurler Jered Weaver, who is returning from a broken left albow that sidelined him for over seven weeks.
Punto suffered a bone bruise in his back on Monday night after a collision at second base with Erick Aybar, and was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday. He is back in there Wednesday, playing shortstop and batting second.
Weaver was activated from the disabled list by the Angels on Wednesday and to make room they designated relief pitcher Mark Lowe for assignment. Lowe, who was released by the Dodgers on Mar. 24 partly because his minor league contract contained an out clause, allowed 11 hits, 11 walks and 12 runs in 11⅔ innings for the Halos, with seven strikeouts.
Weaver since the start of the 2010 season has been stellar at home. In 46 starts in Anaheim during that span the Angels ace is 25-8 with a 2.03 ERA, 308 strikeouts and 70 walks in 320 innings.
Then again, Chris Capuano has allowed one run in 10 innings on the road this season, with nine strikeouts and one walk.
The Dodgers are just 16-30 in Anaheim all-time, the worst road record in interleague play of any team against another with at least 20 matchups. The Dodgers last won a series in Anaheim in 2009 but that is their only series win against the Angels on the road in the last eight seasons, with a 7-17 game record during that span.
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