Stephen Strasburg Fantastic In Return, But Dodgers Beat Nationals Relievers

Andre Ethier drove in four runs in a game for the second time in eight days.

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Dodgers Wait For Strasburg To Leave, Beat Nationals Bullpen 7-3

The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't get much of anything done against Stephen Strasburg Tuesday night. Luckily for them though, Strasburg was on a limit, and the Dodgers rallied for seven runs off the Washington bullpen, leading to a 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four-game series. Rod Barajas delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning in a game that was delayed about a half-hour by rain.

Ted Lilly and the Dodgers fell behind 3-0 in the second inning thanks to a pair of doubles and a throwing error by Lilly himself. Strasburg was dominant in his five innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four, needing only 56 pitches to do so.

However, the Dodgers' offense immediately came alive once Strasburg came out of the game. They scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning off Doug Slaten and Brad Peacock to tie the score. The game remained tied at 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning, when the game was delayed by rain.

Once the game resumed, Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh after the Dodgers were retired in the top of the inning. In the top of the eighth, Rod Barajas hit a two-run double down the left field line to give the Dodgers the lead. Andre Ethier, who tied the game with a two-run single in the sixth inning, put the game away with a two-run double in the ninth.

Jansen picked up his second win of the season. Dana Eveland gets the start on Wednesday night for the Dodgers, facing Chien-Ming Wang for the Nationals.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Stephen Strasburg Dominates Dodgers Through Five Innings

Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint in his return to the mound for the first time in over a year Tuesday night facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington DC. Strasburg, on a limit of roughly four innings or 60 pitches, threw five scoreless innings, allowing two measly hits, throwing 56 pitches while striking out four.

The Nationals lead the Dodgers 3-0 in the middle of the fifth inning.

Strasburg was, in a word, electric, to the delight of the partisan crowd, battling the rain to watch the phenom. Strasburg hit 99 MPH, and was consistently in the upper 90s, effectively mixing in a changeup as well, which at times hit 90.

The Nationals rallied for three runs in the second inning thanks to a pair of doubles and a throwing error by Ted Lilly on a bunt by Strasburg. The fewest pitches thrown by an MLB winning pitcher in 2011 is 61, held by both Micah Owings and Clay Buchholz. Strasburg is at 56 pitches and now out of the game.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Stephen Strasburg Return Threatened By Rain, But Here Are Dodgers Vs. Nationals Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals have a game scheduled for Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. PDT, and the game has some relative importance too, as Stephen Strasburg makes his return to a major league mound for the first time in over a year. However, Mother Nature is not cooperating, as rain is in the forecast for most of tonight in Washington DC.

The Weather Channel calls for a 100% chance of rain during game time, which means Tuesday's game will likely get postponed. Given the forecast of rain for the next two days as well in Washington DC, there is a question as to whether any of the three remaining games of the series will ever be played.

But just in case the games happen, here are the starting lineups.

Dodgers (68-72)

Gordon SS
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
 Ethier RF
Miles 3B
Barajas C
Sellers 2B
Lilly P

Nationals (65-74)

Desmond SS
Werth CF
Zimmerman 3B
Morse LF
Gomes RF
Espinosa 2B
Marrero 1B
Ramos C
Strasburg P

Tuesday's Dodgers vs. Nationals 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised on KCAL. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Jerry Sands, Tim Federowicz, John Ely Promoted To Dodgers

Before Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals, the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bench and bullpen with a few roster moves. Outfielder / first baseman Jerry Sands and pitcher John Ely all were recalled from Triple A Albuquerque, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Joining them is catcher Tim Federowicz, who had his contract purchased from Triple A.

The season ended for the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday.

Sands burst onto the scene in 2010 with 35 home runs between Single A and Double A, then hit five home runs in his first 10 games with Triple A Albuquerque this season. Sands was called up to the Dodgers on April 18, and hit .200/.294/.328 with 10 doubles and two home runs in 41 games before getting sent back to Triple A on June 9. He started 28 games in left field, two in right field, and three at first base. Sands has hit a combined 31 home runs this season between Triple A and the major leagues.

Federowicz was acquired from the Boston Red Sox along with minor league pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez on July 31 for outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who was flipped to the Seattle Mariners in a last-minute trade deadline deal. On the day of the trade, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti called Federowicz "a very good defensive player right now. A good leader, strong behind the plate in a lot of ways. His offense is a work in progress, but he's made gains in that."

The 24-year old catcher hit .277/.338/.407 with eight home runs in 90 games in Double A while in the Red Sox system, but after the trade he moved up to Triple A and hit .325/.431/.627 with six home runs in 25 games in the hitter haven that is the Pacific Coast League.

To make room for Federowicz on the roster, the Dodgers transferred pitcher Vicente Padilla to the 60-day disabled list.

Ely made 18 starts for the Dodgers in 2010, but this season has only had a few small cups of coffee in the big leagues. In three different stints with the big club this season, Ely has only pitched in two games, allowing six runs in just under nine innings. In 25 starts in Triple A this season, Ely was 7-8 with a 5.99 ERA.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Stephen Strasburg Return Provides Blueprint For Rubby De La Rosa

Strasburg made six minor league appearances on a rehab assignment, striking out 29 in 20 innings.

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