Dodgers Get Hammered In Phoenix, Lose To Diamondbacks, 12-5

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Manny Ramirez Placed On Disabled List; Xavier Paul Recalled

After tonight’s game, Manny Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with an inflamed right hamstring, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Xavier Paul was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s place on the roster.

This is the second DL stint of the season for Ramirez, who was on the disabled list earlier this season with in injured right calf.

Paul had two previous stints with the Dodgers this season, during stints on the disabled list by Ramirez and Andre Ethier. Paul hit .281 with a .328 on-base percentage and .404 slugging percentage in 20 games, including 14 starts.

Ramirez will be eligible to be activated from the disabled list after the All-Star break.

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Dodgers Lose To Diamondbacks For Second Time In 10 Games This Season

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Chris Young drove in a career-high five runs and scored three times while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, as the Arizona Diamondbacks dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field.

The victory came a day after the club fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes. Jerry Dipoto took over the general manager duties in the interim, while Kirk Gibson was named the manager of the team for the remainder of the season.

In fact, this proved to be the second straight year the Diamondbacks have fired a manager in-season after dismissing Bob Melvin in May of last year. Prior to Friday’s game, Arizona was 17 games under .500 at 31-48 and 15 games back of the first-place San Diego Padres in the National League West.

Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero each had two RBI to give Gibson the win in his managerial debut.

Edwin Jackson (6-6) made his first start since tossing a no-hitter against the Rays last Friday. It was hardly a flawless outing, though, as the right-hander walked eight batters and used an incredible 149 pitches – the most ever in a no-hitter – in the team’s 1-0 win.

This time around, Jackson got through just one inning before giving up a hit. He ended up allowing four runs on seven hits in five frames to win his third straight start. He also fanned four batters and walked three.

Blake DeWitt drove in three runs for the Dodgers, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. James Loney had three hits, knocked in two runs, and scored once in defeat.

Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) got rocked in 1 2/3 frames, giving up a season-high six earned runs on eight hits.

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Manny Ramirez Likely Out All Weekend

Manager Joe Torre told reporters before today’s game that Manny Ramirez, nursing an inflamed right hamstring, is unavailable for tonight’s game with the Diamondbacks, not even as a pinch hitter. Torre said the club still hasn’t decided whether or not to place Ramirez on the disabled list.

“We have to find out to what degree will [Ramirez’s hamstring] get better, and what does that get us,” Torre said, “we don’t have him as a pinch hitter today, and probably the weekend. Is he going to be a player by Tuesday, or is he going to be a pinch hitter by Monday or Tuesday? We have to decide if that’s worth playing a man short.”

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Tonight's Lineups (Manny Ramirez Sits)

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Dodgers
Furcal, SS
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Anderson LF
Martin C
DeWitt 2B
Kuroda P

Manny Ramirez is out of the lineup with his inflamed right hamstring, put he is still on the active roster, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Diamondbacks
Young CF
Johnson 2B
Upton RF
Montero C
Reynolds 3B
LaRoche 1B
Abreu SS
Parra LF
Jackson P

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Ramirez, Loney Have History of Success In Arizona

Manny Ramirez has owned Chase Field in his career, hitting .471 with a .620 on-base percentage and .804 slugging percentage. He has been on base at least twice in all 17 games he has played in Arizona.

Ramirez has an inflamed right hamstring, and a decision is expected today on whether or not to place him on the disabled list.

James Loney has hit .414 in his career at Chase Field, with a .454 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage. Loney has seven home runs in 119 plate appearances in Arizona, one every 17 PA. In his career at Dodger Stadium, Loney has 15 home runs in 1,045 plate appearances, or one every 70 PA. He has a hit in 25 of 26 career starts in Arizona.

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Dodgers Face Old Friends In Series Opener With Diamondbacks

(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks will have a new manager in place this evening when they open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.

With the Diamondbacks 17 games under .500 at 31-48 and 15 games back of the first-place San Diego Padres in the National League West, manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes were fired on Thursday. It is the second straight year the Diamondbacks have fired a manager in-season after dismissing Bob Melvin in May of last year.

"I appreciate the commitment and dedication that Josh and A.J. demonstrated during their tenures," managing general partner Ken Kendrick said. "Their dismissal is a significant decision, but one that we find necessary in order to achieve a direction of winning consistently on the field again. We have a number of talented players, but obviously see great room for improvement. We look forward to bringing permanence to these two baseball leadership roles."

Jerry Dipoto will take over the general manager duties in the interim, while Kirk Gibson will be the manager of the team for the remainder of the season. Gibson, of course, had the most memorable moment of his career as a player for the team he will be making his managerial debut with tonight.

It was Gibson's dramatic pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series that set the tone for the Dodgers' five-game series win. He was also the National League's MVP that season for Los Angeles.

Gibson inherits a Diamondbacks club that has not had a lot to cheer about. However, one of the lone bright spots of an otherwise forgettable season came last Friday when Edwin Jackson tossed the second no-hitter in team history and third in the majors this season.

It was hardly a flawless outing, though, as the right-hander walked eight batters and used an incredible 149 pitches - the most ever in a no-hitter - to improve to 5-6 on the year.

"It's just one of those things where you have to be mentally tough. If you're going to lose, you're going to lose fighting," Jackson admitted of his rarely quiet innings during the memorable outing. "There was a chance that I could give up a hit, a home run or even a game-winning home run. You have to go out there and be a competitor. You have to go out thinking you're gonna win."

Jackson, who is pitching to a 4.63 ERA, has now won his last two starts and four of his last five decisions and is unbeaten in his previous five.

At one-time Jackson was a top prospect in the Dodgers organization, but has faced them three times since, going 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, enters tonight's matchup on the heels of sweeping the reeling San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers have now won four of five and six of their last eight to move within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Padres.

The Dodgers could continue to roll, as Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda goes for his third win in his last four starts. Kuroda beat the Yankees on Saturday, holding the defending champions to four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, upping his season mark to 7-5 to go along with a 3.27 ERA.

Kuroda beat the D-Backs the last time he faced them and is 2-3 in eight starts against them with a 3.45 ERA.

The Dodgers have had their way with the Diamondbacks this season, winning eight of the nine meetings, including all three in Arizona.

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