Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Matt Kemp Injures Hamstring In 11-5 Win

The Dodgers are 15-3 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: A.J. Ellis, Bobby Abreu Lead L.A. To 11-5 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, and by the fifth inning were without Matt Kemp (irritated left hamstring), Andre Ethier (ejection for arguing balls and strikes), and manager Don Mattingly (ejected with Ethier), but none of that mattered, as the Dodgers battered the Colorado Rockies 11-5 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium to complete a three-game sweep.

A.J. Ellis, batting sixth for the first time in his career, went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, and his .462 on-base percentage ranks second in the major leagues.

Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead three-run double in the fifth inning, and Scott Van Slyke hit a two-run double in the eighth inning. Not bad for the in-game replacements for Kemp and Ethier, respectively.

Ted Lilly had his worst start of the season, but recovered to pitch into the seventh inning for his fifth win of the season. Lilly has won eight straight decisions dating back to last season.

The Dodgers open a brief two-game series Monday night at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with Clayton Kershaw facing Ian Kennedy in the opener. The Dodgers are 15-3 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Starting Lineups: Dee Gordon Sits

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fourth straight win on Sunday afternoon as they host the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have been stellar at home this season, as this is their sixth home series and they are looking for their fourth series sweep in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are 14-3 at Dodger Stadium on the season.

Ted Lilly is 5-0 this season with a 1.41 ERA, as the left-hander has allowed just five earned runs in his five starts. Lilly beat the Rockies at Coors Field on May 1. Second-year pitcher Alex White gets the call for Colorado, making his second start of the season.

Here are Sunday's starting lineups from Chavez Ravine, which include a day off for the slumping Dee Gordon, who is in an 0-for-14 slump:

Rockies (13-19)

Scutaro 2B
Colvin 1B
Gonzalez LF
Cuddyer RF
Tulowitzki SS
Hernandez C
Nelson 3B
Fowler CF
White P

Dodgers (22-11)

Gwynn LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Kennedy 3B
Sellers SS
Lilly P

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Tony Gwynn Jr. Delivers Pinch-Hit Winner In 2-1 Triumph

Tony Gwynn Jr. delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the third straight win for the Dodgers, who are 14-3 at home this season.

It was the second game-winning pinch-hit for Gwynn, who delivered the go-ahead three-run triple in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's win over the San Francisco Giants.

Gwynn's hit made a winner out of Aaron Harang, who pitched eight strong innings for his second win of the year. Harang allowed only a seventh inning home run to Tyler Colvin.

"Aaron was really good tonight. I thought his stuff was better. He really only made that one pitch," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "I thought about taking him out there but he said he felt great. He's one of those guys who's honest. If he's out of gas he'll tell you."

Andre Ethier led off the fifth inning with a double to the right center field gap, and was driven home one out later by a bloop single by Juan Uribe for the Dodgers' first run. James Loney scored on Gwynn's pinch hit after reaching base with an infield hit to third.

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the year.

Ted Lilly starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Sunday, facing Alex White for the Rockies.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Saturday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win on Saturday night as they host the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 13-3 at home this season, and are in the midst of a stretch of 18 home games 23 games through the end of May.

Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his second win of the season. Since striking out 13 Padres on April 13, including a new franchise record nine in a row, Harang has 13 total strikeouts in his last four starts, over 23 2/3 innings, with nine walks.

Juan Nicasio gets the start for the Rockies, looking for his second win over the Dodgers this season. Nicasio beat the Dodgers, and Harang, on April 30 a Coors Field.

Here are Saturday's starting lineups:

Rockies (13-18)

Scutaro 2B
Herrera 3B
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Cuddyer RF
Colvin CF
Rosario C
Nicasio P

Dodgers (21-11)

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

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Dodgers Sign Aaron Miles To Minor League Contract

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday signed infielder Aaron Miles to a minor league contract. The 35-year old has reported to the club's training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Miles signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers before last season as well, then made the club in spring training as the 25th man. Thank to various injuries in the Dodgers infield, from Casey Blake to Rafael Furcal to Juan Uribe, Miles ended up playing 136 games and came nine plate appearances shy of the batting title.

Miles started 61 games at second base and 49 more at third base last season for the Dodgers. The switch-hitting Miles was on fire in June last year, hitting .419 in 21 games, but after the All-Star break hit just .229/.290/.307 in 61 games, including 55 starts.

In other roster news, the Dodgers put Mike MacDougal on release waivers Friday. The reliever was designated for assignment on May 3 to make room on the roster for Ronald Belisario, who was activated from the restricted list after serving his 25-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

If MacDougal clears waivers, he will be a free agent on Sunday.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Three Home Runs Back Chris Capuano In 7-3 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Colorado Rockies' pitching for three home runs in support of the stellar Chris Capuano in their 7-3 win Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Capuano didn't allow a run until two outs in the seventh inning, when Michael Cuddyer took him over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the season. The run snapped a string of 24 2/3 scoreless innings for Capuano, who improved to 5-0 on the season with a 2.06 ERA. He has given up six runs in his last six starts.

Mark Ellis homered off Jamie Moyer in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Moyer struck out seven in his five innings and was able to keep the Dodgers off balance through the first four innings for the most part, but they finally broke through with three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by an Ellis double and an RBI singly by Andre Ethier.

Ethier added a solo home run in the seventh inning, as did Juan Uribe in the eighth inning, helping the Dodgers to their second straight win. The Dodgers are 10-4 against National League West teams this season.

Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers on Saturday night, facing Juan Nicasio for Colorado.

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Juan Rivera Injury: Ruptured Hamstring Could Sideline Outfielder For 6-8 Weeks

The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost a pair of players to the disabled list this week to left hamstring injuries. Juan Rivera was placed on the DL on Wednesday, and Jerry Hairston Jr. on Friday, but the news on Rivera could be worse than originally thought.

Rivera has a ruptured hamstring muscle, the semitendinosus, which attaches right below the knee. Rivera will be reevaluated in two weeks and could return shortly after that, but the worst case scenario is that the outfielder and first baseman could miss six to eight weeks.

"There aren't a lot of these documented. There is one really good study, but even that only has 25 people and it's not all baseball players," said Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone. "Some are hockey players and some are football players. Because a full rupture doesn't happen very often, we don't have as clear of an idea of how long it takes to get back."

The Dodgers recalled Scott Van Slyke from Triple A Albuquerque on Wednesday to take Rivera's spot on the active roster, and Van Slyke figures to split time with Bobby Abreu in left field and James Loney at first base.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Starting Lineups: No Scott Van Slyke Against LHP Jamie Moyer

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win on Friday night as they host the Colorado Rockies in the opening game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium. Chris Capuano gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his team-leading fifth win of the season. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in any of his last two starts and has a scoreless streak of 18 2/3 innings heading into play on Friday.

Jamie Moyer gets the start for the Rockies, and even with the southpaw on the mound for Colorado Scott Van Slyke is not in the starting lineup. The right-handed Van Slyke was recalled from Triple A Wednesday, but the Dodgers turn to the left-handed Bobby Abreu to play left field Friday. Abreu is 2-for-3 against Moyer in his career, but hasn't faced him since 2003.

Here are Friday's starting lineups from Chavez Ravine:

Rockies (13-17)

Scutaro 2B
Pacheco 3B
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Cuddyer RF
Hernandez C
Fowler CF
Moyer P

Dodgers (20-11)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Abreu LF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Treanor C
Capuano P

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Dodgers Place Jerry Hairston Jr. On Disabled List With Left Hamstring Strain

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a rash of hamstring injuries of late, and the injury has cost the team another player. Before Friday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers placed utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a strained left hamstring, and have recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple A Albuquerque.

Hairston, who was hitting .315/.403/.463 in 19 games, injured his hamstring while running to first base on a single on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He was removed from the game immediately and didn't play in any of the next three games, against the San Francisco Giants. Hairston had an MRI on Wednesday that confirmed his strained left hamstring.

"If it's going to take 10 days to heal or 14-15 days, you'd rather take that especially this time of the year, than running the risk of blowing it out and missing two months," Hairston said after Wednesday's game.

Hairston is the second Dodger this week to go on the DL with a left hamstring injury, as Juan Rivera suffered the same fate on Wednesday after feeling something in his left leg while sliding into third base Tuesday against the Giants.

Sellers gives the Dodgers a backup shortstop, something missing on the roster with Hairston out. Sellers, who can play second and third base as well, made the opening day roster for the Dodgers and was 3-for-20 before getting optioned to Triple A on May 4 when the Dodgers signed Bobby Abreu.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Series Pitching Matchups, Game Time, TV Info

The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped two of three games at Coors Field last week from April 30 to May 2, and look to return the favor Friday night as the Colorado Rockies come to town for a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium. Here is a preview of the pitching matchups for the weekend battle between National League West foes along with television broadcast information and game times.

Friday, 7:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

LHP Chris Capuano vs. LHP Jamie Moyer: Capuano takes an 18 2/3 scoreless inning streak into Friday's contest.

Saturday, 6:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

RHP Aaron Harang vs. RHP Juan Nicasio: On April 30 in Colorado, Nicasio allowed two runs in six innings for his second win of the season, as the Rockies scored five runs off Harang.

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

LHP Ted Lilly vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz: Lilly beat the Rockies on May 1 in Denver, allowing just two runs in six innings, while Pomeranz pitched into the seventh allowing just one run in a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 2.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Chris Capuano, Jamie Moyer Face Off In Opener At Dodger Stadium

Capuano is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA through six starts.

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