LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in the third inning during the MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Both teams wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Padres: Dee Gordon Walk-Off Single Gives L.A. Six Straight Wins

The Dodgers have beaten the Padres nine straight times at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres Final Score: Dee Gordon Walk-Off Ends Wild Day, L.A. Wins 5-4

Dee Gordon hit a walk-off wingle in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Gordon came into the game in a 2-for-20 slump, but had two hits in six at-bats and two stolen bases on the day.

The hit capped a wild game which featured a bizarre triple play in the top of the ninth inning. Cleanup hitter Jesus Guzman tried to bunt with runners on first and second base, but the ball came up and in on him. The pitch by Javy Guerra happened to hit Guzman's bat, then roll fair, where catcher A.J. Ellis threw to third base to start the 2-5-6-3 triple play, the first for the Dodgers since June 13, 1998.

The Padres' runners had stopped after home plate umpire Dale Scott threw his hands up, seemingly indicating a foul ball, but that was not the case.

Earlier in the game, Matt Kemp homered, his fourth in the three-game series and sixth of the season. He is hitting an amazing .487/.523/1.026 through 10 games this season.

"He's the best player in baseball, and probably the world right now. It's pretty ridiculous," said Clayton Kershaw of Kemp.

The Dodgers have Monday off before beginning a six-game road trip to Milwaukee and Houston. The Dodgers battle the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park, with Chad Billingsley facing Yovani Gallardo.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Vin Scully Returns To Dodgers After Missing Five Games With Bad Cold

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully began to feel sick last Saturday in San Diego, as the Dodgers were in Petco Park to battle the Padres.

"I was terribly sick Saturday night in San Diego," Scully said on Sunday, before the Dodgers battled the Padres at Dodger Stadium, a week after getting a bad cold. "I did the game but couldn't stop coughing and did not sleep a wink. I knew I was a lot of trouble. Tuesday there was no chance."

Scully called Sunday's game in San Diego but has missed the last five contests, including missing his first home opener in 35 seasons.

"I guess I went through all the human emotions. I was so angry at myself for being sick, that I was going to miss opening day. I wanted to be here for that," Scully said.

"I was overwhelmed. We had the TV on opening day and my face was in my pillow. I heard the crowd and the introductions," Scully said. "It was almost heartbreaking to want to be here that badly and not be here, then hear everybody say 'we miss you.' That really was an emotional uppercut."

Scully is back Sunday to call the game, on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.

"Give me a nice sunny day at Dodger Stadium, and Sunday would be the day," Scully said. "In my own private little world, this is my opening day. I have Kershaw. Ain't no bad crowd to hang around with."

"This is a very good day to come back on Jackie Robinson Day. I traveled with Jackie for seven years, including Japan. I saw him play every day, and got to know him pretty well. It's good to come back and get my mind off myself," Scully said. "All I want to do is think about the game, and Jackie, and how grateful I am to be back."

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres Starting Lineups: Clayton Kershaw Looks To Finish Sweep

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for a sweep and their sixth straight win on Sunday afternoon as they host the San Diego Padres at Staples Center. Clayton Kershaw has allowed one run in 10 innings so far this season, wtih 10 strikeouts and just one walk, but he is in search of his first win of the season.

This is a rematch of opening day with Edinson Volquez pitching for the Padres. Though Kershaw was limited to just three innings on April 5 at Petco Park as he had the stomach flu. Now, 10 days later, Kershaw is fully recovered and healthy.

Here are Sunday's starting lineups:

Padres (2-7)

Maybin CF
Denorfia LF
Headley 3B
Guzman 1B
Hundley C
Venable RF
Parrino SS
Hudson 2B
Volquez P

Dodgers (8-1)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres Final Score: Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier Power L.A. To 6-1 Win

Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier provided the firepower while Ted Lilly provided the finesse, as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their early season roll with a 6-1 triumph over the San Diego Padres Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kemp hit a pair of two-run home runs off starter Joe Wieland, making his major league debut for the Padres. Ethier followed Kemp in the first inning with a solo shot, their first back-to-back home runs as a pair since April 16, 2010.

Kemp is hitting .457/.474/.971 with five home runs and 15 RBI through just nine games this season, and Ethier is hitting .303/.395/.697 with three home runs and 14 RBI. Kemp and Ethier rank first and second in the major leagues in runs batted in.

Lilly was activated from the disabled list and was brilliant on Saturday night. After leadoff man Cameron Maybin reached on a throwing error and scored on a two-out single by Jesus Guzman, Lilly completely shut the Padres down. Lilly retired 10 straight batters at one point and ended up allowing just two hits and one unearned run in seven innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.

The Dodgers are 8-1 this season, good for the best record in MLB. They go for the sweep on Sunday, with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound, facing Edinson Volquez in a rematch of opening day.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Place Todd Coffey On Disabled List With Right Knee Inflammation

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fifth straight victory on Saturday night as they host the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, his first of the year after beginning the season on the disabled list with neck stiffness.

To make room for Lilly on the active roster, the Dodgers placed relief pitcher Todd Coffey on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. The burly right-hander said he has had trouble the last few days, which has contributed to his 36.00 ERA through three games.

"The velocity is there, 93 to 95. The movement is there. It's just that last little bit of movement at the end and not being able to finish your pitch," Coffey said before Saturday's game.

Both Coffey and manager Don Mattingly said that had this injury happened later in the season Coffey might not have gone on the DL, but given that we are still early in the campaign the team is playing it cautious with the 280-pound reliever.

"It's too early to be messing around and letting this turn into something bigger," Mattingly said.

The move allows the Dodgers to keep reliever Josh Lindblom, who has options and would havve likely been sent to the minors had Coffey not been hurt. Lindblom has pitched six scoreless innings in four appearances so far this season.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres: Game 2 Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers are riding a four game winning streak after sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates and after winning the first game of their series against the San Diego Padres at home in Dodger Stadium on Friday night by a score of 9-8. They're looking to take their third straight series on Saturday night when the host the Padres in game two on Saturday night at 6:10 p.m. (PT). The lineups have been released and according to the Baseball Press, they are:


1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
2. Chris Denorfia (R) RF
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Jesus Guzman (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Jason Bartlett (R) SS
8. Orlando Hudson (S) 2B
9. Joe Wieland (R) P


1. Dee Gordon (L) SS
2. Tony Gwynn (L) LF
3. Matt Kemp (R) CF
4. Andre Ethier (L) RF
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Jerry Hairston (R) 2B
7. Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
8. Matt Treanor (R) C
9. Ted Lilly (L) P

For more on the Dodgers, head to True Blue LA, for more on the Padres, go to Gaslamp Ball, and for updates throughout the series, follow SB Nation Los Angeles' StoryStream.


Dodgers Vs. Padres Final Score: Aaron Harang Strikes Out 13, L.A. Wins 9-8 On Walk-Off Walk

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a wild and wacky night at Dodger Stadium Friday night, but in the end the result was still the same. The Dodgers won 9-8 over the Padres, with the winning run coming from a bases loaded walk to Andre Ethier with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Dodgers are now 7-1 on the season, the best record in baseball, including 4-0 at Dodger Stadium.

While the ending was a happy won for the Dodgers, it was quite a roller coaster ride to get there. Aaron Harang started and after a leadoff single to open the game he struck out nine straight Padres, setting a new franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts. Harang ended his night with 13 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, but he didn't get the win.

The Padres scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull within 8-6, then tied the game in the ninth inning when Chase Headley hit a two-run home run off Kenley Jansen with two outs.

The bottom of the ninth inning began innocently enough as Andrew Cashner retired the first two batters with ease. But then Cashner issued walks to Mark Ellis, Matt Kemp, and James Loney to load the bases. In came lefty Joe Thatcher to face Ethier, and the fourth straight walk won the game for the Dodgers. Ethier had three RBI in the game and has 13 RBI in eight games on the year.

Kemp hit is third home run of the season earlier in the game. The Dodgers go for their fifth straight win on Saturday, with Ted Lilly coming off the disabled list to make his first start of the season.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres Starting Lineups: Dee Gordon, James Loney Sit

The Los Angeles Dodgers go for their fourth straight win on Friday night as they open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres. It is currently wet at Dodger Stadium, but if the game gets in the mound opponents will be the same as last Sunday at Petco Park, with Aaron Harang facing Clayton Richard.

Dee Gordon gets his first game off of the season. Tony Gwynn Jr. will bat leadoff for the Dodgers and play left field, while Justin Sellers plays shortstop. Juan Rivera moves from left field to first base as James Loney sits for the third time against four left-handed starters this season. Here are Friday's starting lineups:

Padres (2-5)

Maybin CF
Venable LF
Headley 3B
Alonso 1B
Hermida RF
Hudson 2B
Baker C
Bartlett SS
Richard P

Dodgers (6-1)

Gwynn LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Ethier RF
Uribe 3B
Sellers SS
Ellis C
Harang P

Friday night's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres: Rain Threatens Series Opener Against San Diego

The Dodgers won three of four games against the Padres in San Diego to open the season.

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