Dodgers Fail To Extinguish Marlins

The Dodgers are averaging 2.72 runs per game in May.

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Dodgers Fall To Marlins 6-1 In Bizarre Night At Dodger Stadium

In a game that will be remembered for a small fire at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers offense had another forgettable performance Saturday night in a lackluster 6-1 loss to the Marlins. The Dodgers lost for the 17th time in their last 26 games, and continued their offensive woes. The club is averaging 2.72 runs per game in May.

The Marlins needed a bullpen game with ace Josh Johnson on the disabled list, and five relief pitchers shut the Dodgers down, allowing one run on six hits. Brian Sanches got the start, his first major league start after 166 relief appearances, and allowed one run in three innings. Edward Mujica followed with two scoreless innings to pick up the win, his fifth of the season.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the night will be remembered for a small fire that broke out during the top of the fifth inning which forced the evacuation of several fans on the top two levels at Dodger Stadium. Rafael Furcal, who was 1-for-22 since returning from the disabled list, was 2-for-4 for the Dodgers tonight.

The announced home crowd was 29,971, the lowest Saturday figure at Dodger Stadium in 19 seasons. The Dodgers are 9-16 this month. Clayton Kershaw faces Ricky Nolasco in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

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' Vicente Padilla, Marcus Thames Begin Rehab Assignments Sunday

The Dodgers have had 12 different players make 15 trips to the disabled list this season, though the team is slowly but surely getting healthier. Casey Blake was activated from the disabled list before Friday's game with Florida, reducing the current number of disabled Dodgers to seven. In addition, reliever Vicente Padilla and outfielder Marcus Thames will begin rehabilitation assignments on Sunday.

Padilla, who has been sidelined since May 14 with right radial nerve irritation in his forearm, will pitch on Sunday for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The exact plan for his rehab hasn't yet been determined, but Padilla is expected to pitch at least one more game after tomorrow, likely Monday or Tuesday.

Thames, who has been out since May 3 with a right quad strain, will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with the Triple A Albuqerque Isotopes. Thames, who has two pinch hit home runs this season, will need a lengthy rehab assignment to get enough at-bats to get his timing down, said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth, who pitched two games in a rehab assignment earlier this week, was eligible to be activated on Friday, but an MRI revealed a hip injury that will require him to miss a few more weeks.

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 Vs. Marlins: Starting Lineups

The Dodgers look for their second straight win over the Florida Marlins Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, opposed by Brian Sanches of the Marlins, making his first major league start after 166 career relief appearances. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Marlins (29-20)

Coghlan CF
Ramirez SS
Morrison LF
Sanchez 1B
Dobbs 3B
Stanton RF
Infante 2B
Hayes C
Sanches P

Sanches is expected to throw 50-60 pitches in his start, and will be backed up by the bullpen

Dodgers (23-29)

Furcal SS
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Sands LF
Barajas C
Miles 2B
Kuroda P

The Dodgers have not won consecutive games at home since April 20-21 against Atlanta. The Dodgers have won just one of their last 10 series overall, and are 9-15 during the month of May.

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 Vs. Marlins: Hiroki Kuroda Gets The Start Against Bullpen Game For Florida

The Dodgers look for their second straight win over the Marlins on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, against Brian Sanches for Florida. The Dodgers beat the Marlins Friday night on a walk-off single by Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning.

Kuroda is 5-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 starts this season. He has pitched a quality start in seven of his last 10 outings. In five career starts against Florida, Kuroda is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA.

Sanches is 12-6 with a 3.21 in his career, which has consisted of 166 relief appearances. Tonight is his first major league start. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Sanches will be on a pitch count of 50 to 60 and is expected only to throw three or four innings. Sanches picked up the win in relief against the Dodgers in Miami on April 25. Jay Buente was originally scheduled to start Saturday, but was designated for assignment earlier this week, then claimed by Tampa Bay.

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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