Kershaw, Kemp Lead Dodgers Past Padres In Series Opener

The Dodgers are 7-3 against the Padres this season.

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Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp Complete Dodgers 6-2 Win Over Padres

Clayton Kershaw pitched his fourth complete game of the season and Matt Kemp had a double and a triple to lead the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Padres Monday night at Petco Park. It was the fourth straight win for the Dodgers against San Diego this season. Kershaw tied a season low with only four strikeouts, but was economical enough to last nine innings.

"It was a struggle tonight. I'm just glad I got through nine," Kershaw said on Prime Ticket after the game. "I really just had one pitch. I was throwing my fastball in, and couldn't even get it away. Fortunately for me, they were swinging early and their popping some up and getting some groundouts."

Kershaw leads the National League with 182 strikeouts, and is now 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA. He has won five straight games.

Kemp continued his MVP-type season with two more hits. It was his fifth straight game with two hits, and extended his hitting streak to nine. Kemp is hitting .444/.462/.778 during the streak. Hiroki Kuroda starts Tuesday for the Dodgers, against Mat Latos.

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

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Rubby De La Rosa Becomes 15th Dodger On DL

Rubby De La Rosa labored through his four innings against Arizona on Sunday, throwing 103 pitches. On Monday, De La Rosa became the 15th Dodger this season to be placed on the disabled list, getting placed on the shelf with right elbow inflammation. John Ely was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to take his place on the roster.

De La Rosa has made quite a rise through the Dodgers' farm system, as slightly more than a year ago he was in low Class A with Great Lakes. He finished last year with Double A Chattanooga, and began this year in Double A as well before getting promoted to the Dodgers on May 23. He has had a fine rookie season, with a 3.71 ERA in 60 2/3 innings, with 60 strikeouts and 31 walks.

Assuming the injury isn't serious, at the very least this DL trip will limit De La Rosa's innings. He threw 110 1/3 innings last season, and is at 100 2/3 innings pitched this year with 59 days left in the regular season.

This figures to be a longer stint with the big club for Ely, who has been called up twice this season only to pitch one game, including one start. De La Rosa's spot in the rotation doesn't come up again until Saturday at the earliest, and Ely hasn't pitched since last Wednesday in Omaha, so Ely might be available out of the bullpen during the Dodgers' series in San Diego.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Monday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers are in San Diego for the first time in nearly four months to battle the Padres Monday night at Petco Park. Clayton Kershaw starts the opener for the Dodgers, facing fellow southpaw Cory Luebke for the Padres. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Dodgers (48-59)

Gordon SS
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Barajas C
Loney 1B
Carroll 2B
Kershaw P

Padres (47-62)

Maybin CF
Bartlett SS
Headley 3B
Guzman 1B
Hudson 2B
Cunningham RF
Blanks LF
Johnson C
Luebke P

The Dodgers won't have to face Ryan Ludwick nor Mike Adams this series, as both were traded on Sunday. Ludwick is now a Pirate, traded for cash considerations, while Adams was shipped to Texas for intriguing minor league pitchers Robbie Erlin and Joe Weiland. However, closer Heath Bell remains in San Diego.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Kershaw, Dodgers Open Road Trip Facing Padres In San Diego

The Dodgers begin a brief road trip through a pair of divisional foes Monday night in San Diego. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers in the series opener against the Padres at Petco Park, looking for his fifth straight win. Cory Luebke starts on the mound for San Diego.

Kershaw is 6-1 in his last eight starts with a 1.63 ERA, and he has 71 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 60 2/3 innings during that span. Kershaw has four double-digit strikeout games in his last seven, and six such games on the season. He leads the National League with 173 strikeouts and is just six behind Justin Verlander for the major league lead.

Luebke began the year in the bullpen, but was added to the rotation at the end of June. In six starts this season, Luebke has a 2.57 ERA and opposing batters are hitting just .190/.231/.373 against him. He faced the Dodgers in relief on April 8, pitching four innings in a game that featured several hours of rain delays and wasn't completed until the next day.

Kershaw has yet to face the Padres this season. The Dodgers are 6-3 against the Padres this season, including taking two of three in San Diego back in April. The Padres have lost three straight series and four of their last five series, and are 7-15 in their last 22 games.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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