Kuroda, Dodgers Go For Sweep Of Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 24: Starter Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Dodgers beat the Cardinals 9-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Hiroki Kuroda has pitched seven straight quality starts since the All-Star break.

With wins on Monday and Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers have already won their first road series against the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003. On Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, the Dodgers go for the sweep, with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound on getaway day. Jaime Garcia gets the start for St. Louis.

Kuroda on the season is 9-14 with a 2.88 ERA. Since the All-Star break he has quality starts in all seven outings, putting up a 2.42 ERA during that span with 43 strikeouts in his last 44 2/3 innings. Kuroda lost to the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on April 14, allowing six runs in five innings.

Andre Ethier is in the midst of a 3-for-41 slump and gets the day off against the left-handed pitcher Garcia. That's a good thing too, as Ethier is hitting just .223/.262/.309 against southpaws this season and has not had a .300 on-base percentage against same-handed pitchers since 2008. Here is Wednesday's Dodgers lineup:

Sellers SS
Gwynn LF
Kemp CF
Rivera RF
Blake 3B
Loney 1B
Carroll 2B
Ellis C
Kuroda P

Wednesday's 11:15 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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