PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 06: Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Dodgers Drop Opener In Philadelphia As Cliff Lee Strikes Out 10

Including the playoffs, Cliff Lee has faced the Dodgers three times in his career, and has allowed just one run in 22 1/3 innings.

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Cliff Lee, Phillies Shut Down Dodgers 3-1

The Dodgers ran into a buzzsaw Monday night, and his name was Cliff Lee. The southpaw hurler struck out 10 batters in seven scoreless innings, leading the Phillies to a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. In three career starts against the Dodgers, including the playoffs, Cliff Lee has given up just one run in 22 1/3 innings.

Ted Lilly pitched his fourth straight quality start for the Dodgers, allowing just two runs in six innings. The Phillies scored their first two runs in the third inning, when a walk and two singles followed a leadoff double by Wilson Valdez. The Phillies tacked on a run in the eighth inning with an RBI double off Mike MacDougal.

Jamey Carroll had three hits for the Dodgers, and is 8-for-13 in his last three games. But he was stranded on base three times as Marcus Thames went 0-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list. Juan Uribe also returned from the DL today, and collected two hits. On Uribe's final hit, in the ninth inning, Uribe was replaced by pinch runner Dee Gordon, making his major league debut. Gordon looked lightning quick running first to third on a single by James Loney, then scored on a ground out. Gordon became the first Dodger to score as a pinch runner in his major league debut since Wilton Guerrero on September 3, 1996.

The Dodger youth movement of sorts continues on Tuesday, as Rubby De La Rosa makes his first major league start, against Roy Oswalt of the Phillies.

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. Phillies Starting Lineups: L.A. Promotes Dee Gordon, Activates Uribe, Thames, Hawksworth, DFA Jay Gibbons

The Dodgers are in search of their fourth straight series win, but have to do so against the Phillies, who have the best record in baseball. Ted Lilly pitches the opener for the Dodgers, against Cliff Lee for Philadelphia. Before the game tonight, the Dodgers made several roster moves, including calling up shortstop prospect Dee Gordon.

The Dodgers also activated three players from the disabled list: infielder Juan Uribe, outfielder Marcus Thames, and relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth. To make room, the Dodgers optioned infielder Ivan DeJesus and pitcher John Ely, and designated Jay Gibbons and Juan Castro for assignment. Ely threw 58 pitches in relief on Sunday and is normally a starter, so he was an easy call to head back to Albuquerque. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Dodgers (28-32)

Carroll SS
Miles 2B
Thames LF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Blake 1B
Sands RF
Barajas C
Lilly P

Phillies (35-24)

Victorino CF
Polanco 3B
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Francisco LF
Ruiz C
Brown RF
Valdez SS
Lee P

Tonight's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL and ESPN. 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. Phillies: L.A. Returns To House Of Horrors In Philadelphia

The Dodgers, who struggled for most of May, have now won three straight series, but they face the toughest test of their current 10-game road trip beginning Monday night in Philadelphia against the best team in the National League. Tonight's game features a battle of former Montreal Expos southpaws, as Ted Lilly starts for the Dodgers against Cliff Lee for the Phillies. The Dodgers have had a horrible recent history in Philadelphia.

In 2008, the Dodgers were swept in four games in Philadelphia in August, then lost the first two games of the NLCS in the City of Brotherly Love in a series the Phillies would win in five games. In 2009, the Dodgers actually beat the Phillies two out of three in Philly, and had home field advantage in their NLCS rematch, but the Phillies captured all three home games to win their second straight pennant. Last year, the Dodgers were on the verge of capturing their three-game regular season series, holding a 9-2 lead in the eighth inning, only to lose 10-9. Including the playoffs, the Dodgers are 3-12 in Philadelphia during the last three seasons.

Lilly has been pitching well of late, with three straight quality starts. In those three outings, Lilly has a 2.70 ERA and just two walks and 15 strikeouts in 20 innings. Lilly has pitched at least six innings in each of his last seven starts. Lilly's strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.08 is fifth in the National League, but his opponent tonight is second in the league.

Lee has 90 strikeouts and 19 walks in 80 innings this season, though his raw numbers are a relatively normal 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA. Lee is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, in which he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to Washington. Including the playoffs, Lee has faced the Dodgers twice in his career, and has allowed just one run in 15 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers are fortunate this series in that they miss Roy Halladay, but there are no off days facing the Phillies, as the Dodgers have to face Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. If the Dodgers are to win their fourth straight series, it will be their most impressive feat of the season. The Dodgers are expected to activate Juan Uribe, Marcus Thames, and Blake Hawksworth during this series, perhaps as soon as tonight for all three.

Tonight's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL and ESPN. 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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