LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 13, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kershaw Magnificent As Dodgers Win Opener With Diamondbacks

The Dodgers have beaten Arizona in 19 of their last 24 meetings at Dodger Stadium.

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Clayton Kershaw Dominant As Dodgers Beat Diamondbacks 4-3

Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in his seven scoreless innings, leading the Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw retired the final 14 batters he faced. It was the third straight win for the Dodgers.

Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his fifth win of the season. He allowed only three hits and two walks, with all three hits coming in the first two innings. Kershaw allowed two pop fly doubles to begin the game, but didn't allow a run, as Chris Young had to hold on second base on Melvin Mora's pop fly double in the first inning. Kershaw struck out the next two batters, followed by a pop out to second base to end the inning

Rod Barajas homered for the Dodgers, giving them their first run, and the Dodgers built a 4-0 lead over Arizona. The Diamondbacks chipped away with one run in the eighth inning, and two in the ninth, but the Dodgers were able to hold on. Vicente Padilla was pulled after throwin 32 pitches in the ninth inning, but Kenley Jansen struck out Mora to end the game.

The Dodgers have won three straight games. Arizona has lost five straight games, all by one run.

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

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Starting Lineups, Juan Castro Returns

The Dodgers are in search of their third straight win on Friday night as they open up a seven-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his third straight win as well. Joe Saunders gets the start for Arizona.

The Dodgers have brought back Juan Castro for his fourth stint as in Los Angeles. Castro, who signed a minor league deal in December and would have been up sooner were it not for an oblique injury in April, had his contract purchased from Triple A Albuqerque before tonight's game. Ivan DeJesus was optioned to Triple A to make room for Castro on the active roster, and catcher Hector Gimenez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Diamondbacks (15-21)

Young CF
Mora 3B
Nady 1B
Drew SS
Upton RF
Johnson 2B
Parra LF
Blanco C
Saunders P

Dodgers (18-20)

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

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Host Diamondbacks To Begin Seven-Game Homestand

After getting rained out Thursday night in Pittsburgh and returning home in the wee hours of the morning, the Dodgers open up a seven-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw, who flew home to Los Angeles ahead of the team so he would be rested, gets the start for the Dodgers. Joe Saunders toes the rubber for Arizona.

Kershaw is making his ninth start of the season, and is 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA so far this year. He has won each of his last two starts, allowing three runs in 13 2/3 innings. Kershaw made three starts against the Diamondbacks in 2010 and won all three, striking out 24 and walking seven batters in 19 innings.

Andre Ethier has reached base via hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 35 straight games, the longest streak by a Dodger since Jeff Kent in 2007. Jamey Carroll had a very productive road trip, with a trio of three-hit games, and was 11-for-26 with three walks, hitting .423/.483/.462 in six games.

Saunders gets the start for Arizona, looking for his first win of the season. The southpaw is 0-4 this year with a 5.72 ERA, and has actually gone nine starts without a win dating back to last season. Saunders in his last five starts against the Dodgers, dating back to 2008, has a 3.52 ERA, though he has just one win to show for it.

The Diamondbacks have lost four straight games, and are 1-5 on their current road trip, which has taken them to fellow NL West foes San Diego and San Francisco. Arizona is 5-12 on the road this season. The Dodgers have beaten Arizona in 18 of their last 23 meetings at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 9-9 at Dodger Stadium this season.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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