Garland Goes The Distance As Dodgers Beat Braves

The Dodgers are 6-5 at home this season.

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Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe Back Gem By Jon Garland, Leading Dodgers To 6-1 Win Over Braves

The Los Angeles Dodgers had plenty of reasons to be distracted, but they didn't show it Wednesday night as they beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 at Dodger Stadium. Earlier in the day, Major League Baseball announced it was taking control of the Dodgers' finances and day-to-day operations. Later that night, on the field, Jon Garland took control of Atlanta.

Garland threw the first complete game of the season for the Dodgers, picking up his first win of the season. Garland (1-1) allowed one run on four hits, walking two while striking out four. He was backed with some early offense from Juan Uribe and Andre Ethier. Uribe entered the game with three RBI on the season, but had two singles and four RBI by the end of the second inning against Derek Lowe.

Ethier had three hits, including a double and a home run, extending his hitting streak to 17-games, the longest this season in MLB. The home run for Ethier was the 100th of his career, and was the first home run at Dodger Stadium by a Dodger not named Matt Kemp this season. The Dodgers look to win the series with an afternoon affair on Thursday, with Clayton Kershaw facing Jair Jurrjens.

Near the end of the game, Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt issued a statement in response to MLB assuming control of the day-to-day operations of the club. "Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow.  The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines.  On this basis, it is hard to understand the Commissioner's action today," McCourt said.

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

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Dodgers Vs. Braves: Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers, still able to operate under their own free will for a few more days at least until MLB takes over their day-to-day operations, has a game to play Wednesday night, as they host the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Jon Garland starts for the Dodgers, while old friend Derek Lowe starts for the Braves. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Braves (7-10)

Prado LF
Heyward RF
Jones 3B
McCann C
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Gonzalez SS
McLouth CF
Lowe P

Dodgers (7-10)

Carroll SS
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 2B
Loney 1B
Sands LF
Barajas C
Garland P

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. These two clubs finish their four-game series with an afternoon contest on Thursday. The Dodgers will wear powder blue throwback uniforms, an homage to an alternate uniform in Brooklyn in the 1940s, for the first of six occasions this season.

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

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Amid Frank McCourt/MLB Takeover News, Dodgers Have A Game To Play On The Field

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the big news Wednesday came off the field, as MLB announced it would be overseeing the finances and day-to-day operations of the club. However, as the ownership of Frank McCourt begins to officially crumble, the Dodgers do have a game to play of the field. The Dodgers battle the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game set at Dodger Stadium.

Jon Garland gets the start for the Dodgers, his second of the season. Garland began the season on the disabled list, but was activated for a start last Friday against St. Louis. Garland took the loss in that game, allowing five runs and nine hits in five innings, but looks for a bounce back tonight.

Old friend Derek Lowe gets the start for the Braves. Lowe was 54-48 with a 3.59 ERA as a Dodger from 2005-2008, before signing a four-year, $60 million contract with Atlanta. Lowe, who turns 38 years old on June 1, is off to a fine start this season, with a 1.82 ERA in four starts, though he has just a 2-2 record. The Braves have scored a total of six runs in his four starts.

Rookie Jerry Sands, who was promoted from Triple A on Monday to make his major league debut, will start in left field again tonight, for the third straight game. Sands has a double and an RBI in each of his first two major league games. Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket.

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

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