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Dodgers close out season series with Padres

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It's a night thing.
It's a night thing.
Stephen Dunn

The Dodgers close out their nine-game homestand on Wednesday night against the Padres, with Dan Haren on the mound facing Ian Kennedy.

The Dodgers are 11-7 against the Padres this season, the fourth straight season they have won at least 11 games against San Diego. Since 2011 the Dodgers' record of 46-27 (.630) is their best four-year mark against the Padres since 1972-75, when they were 49-23 (.681).

Ian Kennedy will be the 14th pitcher to make six starts against the Dodgers in a season in the last 15 years, and the first since Clayton Richard in 2012. Kennedy has a 3.90 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 30 innings in his first five starts against Los Angeles this season but is 0-2.

Dan Haren is making his fifth start against the Padres this season, at 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four starts, with 19 strikeouts and five walks in 21⅔ innings.

Notes

Hanley Ramirez is hitting .248/.318/.350 with two home runs in 31 games since the All-Star break, and made two errors at shortstop on Tuesday night. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register has an even-handed account of Ramirez's current media blackout.

Yasiel Puig has a .235 slugging percentage and five RBI since Aug. 1. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times has seen enough, and thinks Puig should be benched in favor of Andre Ethier.

On Babe Ruth bobblehead night on Tuesday, Vin Scully told a fun story about getting an autograph as a child from Ruth.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA