Kershaw, Kemp Lead Dodgers To Win In San Francisco, But Furcal Suffers Broken Thumb

Kershaw has not allowed a run to the Giants in his last 23 2/3 innings.

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Dodgers Beat Giants 6-1, But Rafael Furcal Breaks Left Thumb

The Los Angeles Dodgers got very good news Monday night, as Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp led the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. It was the fourth win by the Dodgers this season over the Giants in five games. However, after the game the news was all bad as it was announced that Rafael Furcal broke his left thumb.

Furcal broke the thumb while sliding into third base, headfirst, in the fifth inning, as the Dodgers rallied that inning for four runs to break the game open. Furcal stayed in the game defensively for two more innings, but he was removed for pinch hitter Aaron Miles in the top of the seventh inning. Furcal was already dealing with a left wrist injury that impaired his swing, and he had missed the last two games.

It is unknown how long Furcal will be out, but it sounds like the shortstop and leadoff hitter will be placed on the disabled list tomorrow. Jamey Carroll, who had three hits tonight and has a .452 on-base percentage in the early going this season, will likely be the regular shortstop going forward. To replace Furcal on the active roster, the Dodgers will presumably promote another middle infielder from Triple A. Ivan DeJesus, who started the season on the roster before Casey Blake returned, is a candidate, as is Juan Castro, who is not on the 40-man roster.

Back to the good news for a moment...Kershaw was outstanding tonight, pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings to run his scoreless streak against the Giants to 23 2/3 innings. Matt Kemp singled and walked twice, and stole another base on a play on which he was picked off, the second time in three games that has happened. Kemp has reached base in 13 of his last 19 plate appearances.

The Dodgers and Giants will do battle again on Tuesday night, with Chad Billingsley taking the hill against Tim Lincecum.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Casey Blake Out Of Starting Lineup For Second Straight Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants open a three-game series Monday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, renewing their rivalry. The two teams have already met for four games this season, opening the season at Dodger Stadium. Third baseman Casey Blake missed that series while on the disabled list, and it appears he may miss Monday night as well.

Blake, who collided with Chase Headley of the Padres in the final play of Saturday night's 4-0 Dodgers' win at Petco Park, is out of the starting lineup for the second straight contest. Blake was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday when the Dodgers were in Colorado, and has four hits in 11 at-bats in three games. Here are tonight's lineups:

Dodgers (5-4)

Furcal SS
Carroll 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Thames LF
Barajas C
Kershaw P

Giants (4-5)

Tejada SS
Sanchez 2B
Huff RF
Posey C
Burrell LF
Rowand CF
Belt 1B
Sandoval 3B
Bumgarner P

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Roster Moves: Dodgers Recall Jamie Hoffmann, Option John Ely

The Dodgers made a roster move before their series opener with the Giants on Monday, recalling outfielder Jamie Hoffmann from Triple A Albuquerque, optioning pitcher John Ely back to the minors. Ely started in place of Jon Garland on Sunday in San Diego, taking the loss by giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Garland threw 81 pitches for Class A Rancho Cucamonga in a rehab start on Sunday.

Optioning Ely is a clear indication that the Dodgers feel Garland is ready to pitch for them on Friday, when the Dodgers host the St. Louis Carindals in the second game of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. Optioning Ely now gives the Dodgers an extra bench player in Hoffmann for four games. Hoffmann's right-handed bat could prove useful, as they are facing three left-handed starting pitchers in their next four games.

One of those southpaws to face the Dodgers is Madison Bumgarner, who stats tonight for the Giants. Clayton Kershaw makes his third start of the year for the Dodgers.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Open Giants Series In San Francisco With Clayton Kershaw

On opening day, Clayton Kershaw had his way with the Giants, pitching seven scoreless innings. The Dodgers hope for more of the same on Monday night as they open a three-game series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Dodgers are 2-3 on their eight-game road trip, and are coming off a series win at Petco Park in San Diego. Madison Bumgarner gets the start for the Giants in the series opener.

Kershaw has owned the Giants in his career. He has quality starts in each of his six starts against San Francisco, and has given up a total of six earned runs in six starts against them. Kershaw is 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 43 innings in his career against the Giants, and the Dodgers have won four of those six games. Kershaw got his first career shutout against the Giants last September, and has a personal 17-inning scoreless streak against the Giants.

With the southpaw Bumgarner pitching tonight, Marcus Thames is expected to start in left field for the Dodgers tonight. Fifth starter Jon Garland allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start on Sunday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and could be ready to rejoin the Dodgers as soon as Friday. Juan Uribe, who is off to a 3-for-27 start with the Dodgers, will receive his championship ring from the Giants during this series. Uribe hit two home runs and had nine RBI in the 2010 postseason with San Francisco.

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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