Dodgers Vs. Marlins: Chris Capuano Dominant In Series Finale

Jose Reyes broke up the no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning.

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Dodgers Vs. Pirates: Game Times, Pitching Probables, TV Info

The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their 10-game road trip with a weekend series win in Miami against the Marlins, and now move on to Pittsburgh for four games against the Pirates at PNC Park. Here is a look at the series schedule and probable pitching matchups against the team leading the race for the second wild card.

Monday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Aaron Harang (7-7 3.80 ERA) gets the call for the Dodgers in the series opener, facing Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.77) for Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (KCAL)

Chad Billingsley (8-9, 3.84) looks to win a fifth straight start for the first time in his career, while Kevin Correia (9-6, 4.49) gets a second spot start as the Pirates continue temporarily with a six-man rotation.

Wednesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (KCAL)

After allowing just three runs in his last three starts, Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.88) looks for a fourth straight win in the third game of the series. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 3.91) starts for the Pirates, looking for his first win in four starts with Pittsburgh.

Thursday, 1:05 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Joe Blanton (8-10, 4.61) makes his third start as a Dodger, searching for his first win. Old friend James McDonald (10-5, 3.77), who was absolutely stolen by the Pirates from the Dodgers at the trade deadline in 2010 (for reliever Octavio Dotel), looks to regain his first half form in the series finale, at an odd 4:05 p.m. local start time.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Final Score: Chris Capuano Dominates In 5-0 Win

Chris Capuano was been the story on Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 at Marlins Park in Miami. Capuano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and settled for eight shutout frames to snap a personal three-game losing streak.

Jose Reyes singled with one out in the seventh inning to break up Capuano's no-hit bid, in what at the time was a 1-0 game. Capuano settled for allowing two hits and three walks in eight innings. He struck out 10 and didn't allow a batter to reach second base.

The Dodgers exploded for four runs in the eighth inning to pull away. Hanley Ramirez, who had a sacrifice fly earlier, drove in two more runs with a single, and had six hits in three games in his return weekend to Miami.

Mark Ellis had three hits for the Dodgers, and Luis Cruz had two knocks, including an RBI double.

The last no-hitter for the Dodgers was by Hideo Nomo on September 17, 1996, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Dodgers have had 20 no-hitters in their history, including 10 since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

The Dodgers move on to Pittsburgh for a four-game series with the Pirates, beginning Monday night. Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers, facing Jeff Karstens for Pittsburgh.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins: Chris Capuano Has No-Hitter Through Six Innings

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Miami Marlins 1-0 after six innings in their series finale Sunday at Marlins Park in Miami, but the story has been Chris Capuano, who has allowed no hits through six innings so far.

Capuano has seven strikeouts and three walks through his six innings, and he has faced just one batter over the minimum. He was induced one double play, and Austin Kearns was thrown out trying to steal second base in the fifth inning.

Through six innings, no Marlin has yet reached second base, and Capuano has thrown 71 pitches.

Capuano came into the game with five losses in his previous six starts, including three straight defeats. But he showed signs of a rebound in his last game allowing only two runs in seven innings in a 2-0 loss to the Rockies.

The Dodgers offense hasn't done much on Sunday, but so far Capuano has made it hold up.

Due up for the Marlins in the seventh are Justin Ruggiano, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Lee.

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Dodgers' Jerry Hairston Jr. Leaves Game With Left Hip Tightness

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their share of injuries this season, and may have suffered another one on Saturday night in Miami. Jerry Hairston Jr. left Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins with tightness in his left hip.

It is unclear just how Hairston injured his hip, but he did have a ground ball bounce off his glove for a double in the sixth inning. Hairston was removed in favor of Luis Cruz on defense in the next inning.

Hairston went 1-for-3 at the plate on Sunday, and is hitting .474 (9-for-19) in his career against Miami starter Ricky Nolasco, with five doubles and a triple.

Hairston told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the hip problem has been ongoing for some time, but that "It's one of those things where you have to manage it better and I will."

On the season Hairston is hitting .273/.342/.387 in 78 games, and he has started games at third base, second base, and left field for the Dodgers this year. He has been splitting time of late with Luis Cruz at third.

Should Cruz have to miss any time, that could mean more playing time for Juan Uribe, who has become the forgotten man on the bench. Uribe last started on July 22, and he has accumulated four plate appearances in the last 20 days, including grounding out as a pinch hitter on Saturday.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Final Score: Miami Rallies For 7-3 Win

A four-run fifth inning was the catalyst Saturday night for the Miami Marlins to claim a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of their weekend series at Marlins Park.

Nick Green and John Buck each had run-scoring doubles in the fifth inning, and Carlos Lee added a two-run double in the eighth. The Marlins had a well-balanced scoring attack as all eight starting position players had at least one hit, and seven different players scored a run.

Joe Blanton was cruising through four innings for the Dodgers, but three doubles and four runs proved to be his undoing in the fifth. Blanton (8-10) took the loss in his second start as a Dodger.

Ricky Nolasco, who stranded the bases loaded in the first two innings and allowed nine hits in his five innings, ended up with the win (9-11).

Matt Kemp had three hits, and RBI, and two stolen bases for the Dodgers. It was hit first multi-steal game since July 5, 2011. Andre Ethier added two hits in the loss.

The Dodgers go for a series win on Sunday, with Chris Capuano on the mound. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the Marlins.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Starting Lineups: James Loney At First Base, Andre Ethier Back At Cleanup

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win on Saturday night, as they battle the Miami Marlins in the second game of their three-game series at Marlins Park. The starting lineup is pretty much the same as Friday, only with James Loney starting at first base in place of Juan Rivera, with right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the mound.

This is the 26th start in the last 50 games for Loney, who has not started against a left-handed pitcher since June 13. Rivera during that span has started at first base against 17 left-handed pitchers, including hitting a home run Friday against Mark Buehrle, and seven right-handed pitchers.

Dodgers first basemen have been putrid at the plate this season, combining to hit .248/.295/.353 with seven home runs and 50 RBI in 113 games.

Here are the starting lineups Saturday, which include Andre Ethier back in the cleanup spot against a right-hander, after batting fifth in the last two games.

Dodgers (61-52)

Victorino LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez SS
Loney 1B
Hairston 3B
Ellis C
Blanton P

Marlins (51-62)

Hernandez CF
Ruggiano LF
Reyes SS
Lee 1B
Stanton RF
Dobbs 3B
Green 2B
Buck C
Nolasco P

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Final Score: Clayton Kershaw, Hanley Ramirez Lead L.A. To 5-2 Win

Clayton Kershaw pitched into the seventh inning and won his third straight start, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. Hanley Ramirez, traded from Miami to the Dodgers on July 25, had three hits in his return.

Ramirez was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, including the go-ahead single in the four-run sixth inning. Ramirez has at least one hit and has scored at least once in all six road games since coming over to the Dodgers.

Juan Rivera also homered in the sixth inning, his sixth home run of the season, helping send Mark Buehrle (9-11) to the loss. The Marlins have lost each of Buehrle's last five starts.

The offense backed Kershaw, (10-6) who struck out seven in the win. He walked one batter, and that didn't come until the seventh inning. Justin Ruggiano got him for a solo home run in the first, but Kershaw responded by retiring the next 14 batters he faced.

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 23rd save of the season.

Joe Blanton makes his second start as a Dodger on Saturday night, facing Ricky Nolasco for Miami.

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Dodgers Activate Adam Kennedy From Disabled List

As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers activated infielder Adam Kennedy from the disabled list on Friday, after he missed two weeks with a right groin strain. The Dodgers made room after Wednesday's game by optioning Jerry Sands to Triple A Albuquerque.

For the second consecutive game, facing a left-hander, Hanley Ramirez is batting cleanup with Andre Ethier moved down to fifth in the Dodgers' batting order. Jerry Hairston gets the call at third base on Friday night.

Jose Reyes, who had a 25-game hitting streak snapped on Thursday, gets a night off for Miami. Here are Friday's starting lineups.

Dodgers (60-52)

Victorino LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Rivera 1B
Hairston 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Marlins (51-61)

Solano 2B
Ruggiano CF
Lee 1B
Stanton RF
Kearns LF
Dobbs 3B
Green SS
Buck C
Buehrle P

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Game Preview: Hanley Ramirez Returns To Miami

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win on Friday night as they open a weekend series in Miami against the Marlins. Friday marks the return to south Florida for Hanley Ramirez, who was acquired by the Dodgers on July 25.

Ramirez has hit just .226/.328/.358 so far for the Dodgers, but has has also driven in 12 runs in 14 games. Also, he hit a game-winning home run in San Francisco to beat the Giants in his third game as a Dodger so Ramirez has some goodwill in the bank. Ramirez has at least one hit and one run scored in all five road games as a Dodger, which is good since the club opens a 10-game road trip with this weekend series.

Clayton Kershaw starts the series opener for the Dodgers, looking for his third straight victory and 10th win of the year. Kershaw has allowed one run in 16 innings in his last two starts.

Mark Buehrle, who signed a four-year, $58 million deal as a free agent with Miami during the offseason, starts for the Marlins. Buehrle (9-10, 3.74) is also in search of his 10th win of the season, his first in the National League.

This is the fourth long road trip of the season for the Dodgers, who have gone 7-3, 1-8, then 7-3 in their road trips of at least nine games this year.

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Dodgers Vs. Marlins: Game Times, TV Schedule, Pitching Probables

The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a 10-game road trip with a three-game weekend series against the Miami Marlins beginning Friday night. Here are the pitching probables for the series, along with television broadcast information for all three games.

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