Dodgers Vs. Giants: L.A. Swept, Held Scoreless In Three Games In San Francisco

The Dodgers have lost eight of their last nine games.

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Andre Ethier Injury: MRI Exam Scheduled Thursday

The Los Angeles Dodgers already have one All-Star outfielder on the disabled list in Matt Kemp, and on Thursday he might have company. Andre Ethier injured his left oblique on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants and was forced to leave the game after the top of the first inning. Ethier will have an MRI on Thursday in Los Angeles, but it sounds like he could have to go on the disabled list.

Per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, "The Dodgers say he's day to day, but manager Don Mattingly said when he hears "oblique," he prepares for 20 days."

Ethier is hitting .291/.357/.491 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs, and 55 RBI on the season. However, in the 26 games since Kemp went on the disabled list a second time Ethier has hit just .206/.291/.304 with one home run and 11 RBI.

Ethier signed a five-year, $85 million extension on June 12.

The Dodgers lost Wednesday to the Giants, their eighth loss in their last nine contests, and are now tied with San Francisco for first place in the National League West. The Dodgers are 20-20 during Kemp's two stints on the disabled list with left hamstring strains.

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Dodgers Vs. Mets: Series Pitching Matchups, Game Times, TV Info

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home a battered team. Eight losses in nine games on their road trip dropped them into a first place tie with the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers just got swept in a three-game series in San Francisco and they didn't score a single run in the series. They will try to put runs on the board at Dodger Stadium in a four-game series against the New York Mets. Here is a look ahead at the pitching matchups for this four-game weekend series.

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

Chris Capuano looks for his team-high 10th win of the season as he looks to snap a four-game Dodgers losing streak for the second straight start. Chris Young makes his fifth start of the season for the Mets, more starts than he has made in a season since 2009.

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

R.A. Dickey gets the start for the Mets, looking for his 12th win as he continues to build his resume for a possible All-Star Game start. Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers, coming off a quality start no-decision on Sunday against the Angels in Anaheim.

Saturday, 4:15 p.m. PDT (Fox)

A battle of the man with a no-hitter (Johan Santana) against a man with no run support (Nathan Eovaldi). The Dodgers have scored five total runs in Eovaldi's six starts.

Sunday, 5:05 p.m. PDT (ESPN)

Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in the series finale, while the Mets will counter with right-hander Dillon Gee.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: 3rd Straight Shutout Leaves Dodgers, Giants Tied Atop NL West

Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants handed the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-0 loss on Wednesday, completing a series sweep and a disastrous road trip for the Dodgers. The Dodgers didn't score a single run in three games against the Giants, and they lost eight of their nine games on the trip.

The Dodgers and Giants are now tied atop the National League West.

The Dodgers hadn't been shutout by the same team for three straight games since June 29-30, 1937, when the Boston Braves turned the trick against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now 75 years later, the Dodgers haven't scored in their last 30 innings, dating back to Sunday.

Lincecum pitched seven scoreless innings for his third win of the season.

Chad Billingsley lost his third straight game on Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings, though he did strike out seven in defeat. Billingsley came closest to scoring a run for the Dodgers on Wednesday, doubling off Billingsley in the third inning. Billingsley advanced to third base on one wild pitch, then tried to score on another but was thrown out at the plate as catcher Hector Sanchez retrieved the ball and threw to Lincecum to keep the game scoreless at that point.

The Dodgers return home to play the Mets in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Thursday night.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Andre Ethier Injures Left Oblique

Tough news for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the loss of Matt Kemp constantly hampering L.A.'s ability to execute on offense, it's not going to get any easier if Andre Ethier is out for an extended period of time. Ethier suffered a left oblique injury sometime during the first inning. The injury was announced by the team and on the broadcast.

After taking a walk, Ethier left the game after the Dodgers ended the inning on a groundout double play. Ethier didn't take the field in the bottom of the first inning and met with team trainer Sue Falsone. Elian Herrera came into the game in RF. Ethier is batting .291 on the season with an OBP of .355 and a slugging percentage of .491.

The Dodgers are currently trying to avoid a sweep to the rival Giants, but they're currently trailing 3-0.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: 2nd Straight Shutout Trims L.A. Division Lead To One Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers are running out of wiggle room in the National League West. They were shutout for the second straight night on Tuesday, falling 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by just one game in the National League West.

Melky Cabrera homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, and the Giants added another run, creating a seemingly insurmountable deficit for the Dodgers. Kershaw struck out eight in his six innings of work, and had his personal streak of 35 2/3 innings without an earned run allowed in San Francisco.

Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless innings for the win for the Giants.

The last time the Dodgers were shutout in consecutive games in San Francisco was August 15-16, 1987. They have not scored a run in their last 21 innings, dating back to Sunday.

The loss was their third straight defeat, and they are just 1-7 on their current road trip, which ends Wednesday afternoon.

The Dodgers have played five games in the Bay Area in the last eight days, with three in Oakland and two in San Francisco. They have scored a total of two runs in those five games, all losses, and totaled 20 hits.

The Dodgers try to avoid a sweep on Wednesday afternoon, with Chad Billingsley facing Tim Lincecum.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: L.A. Division Lead Shrinks To 2 Games With 8-0 Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their road trip from hell on Monday night, dropping the opener of a three-game series to the San Francisco Giants 8-0 at AT&T Park. Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs in the first inning, then three more in the second inning, putting this one to bed early.

The Dodgers saw their lead in the National League West shrink to two games over the Giants with the loss.

One some level, Eovaldi being able to bounce back and pitch three more innings was a small measure of success as it meant fewer innings for the bullpen, as the Dodgers still have 13 games left of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

Barry Zito pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win for the Giants.

Dee Gordon reached base three times for the Dodgers and stole a base for the Dodgers in defeat. With the loss, the Dodgers have lost six of seven games on their road trip.

Clayton Kershaw starts on Tuesday for the Dodgers, facing Ryan Vogelsong.

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Dodgers Promote Top Prospect Zach Lee To Double A Chattanooga

For the second time this month, the Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted a first round draft pick to Double A. Zach Lee, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2010, on Monday was promoted from Class A Rancho Cucamonga to the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Lee, 20, was 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA in Class A, but it's important to note those numbers came in the hitter's paradise known as the California League. More importantly, Lee had 52 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 55 1/3 innings in 12 starts with the Quakes.

The Dodgers picked Lee 28th overall in 2010, and lured the two-sport star away from a scholarship to play quarterback at LSU with a franchise record $5.25 million bonus. Lee was rated the Dodgers' top prospect heading into the season by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

Lee will join 2011 draft pick Chris Reed, who was promoted from Rancho Cucamonga to Chattanooga on June 3. Reed, 22, was a relief pitcher at Stanford but the Dodgers are converting him to a starting pitcher. Reed has been limited to shortened starts in an attempt to limit his innings, and in four starts with Chattanooga has allowed just two runs in 12 innings, with five walks and nine strikeouts.

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Matt Kemp Injury: Dodgers CF Might Not Return Until After All-Star Break

It appears that Dodgers fans will have to wait until after the Midsummer Night Classic before their star center-fielder returns to play. Don Mattingly said on Sunday that it is a wait and see approach to rehabbing Matt Kemp's injured hamstring and that, "They are adding stuff for him to do, having him do more. It's a reaction to how he reacts to that."

Today, Dylan Hernandez, the Dodgers beat reporter for the LA Times, tweeted that Kemp will not play in the All-Star Game unless he has played for the Dodgers beforehand, and would also need five or six minor league rehab games in the process. He would however be OK with Kemp taking part in the home-run derby.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Buster Posey Sits For San Francisco

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game road series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park, looking to rebound after dropping five of their last six games. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start in the opener for the Dodgers, facing Barry Zito of the Giants.

Interleague play is now over, which means the Dodgers now have to have their pitchers hit. But that may actually be a good thing as Dodgers designated hitters went 2-for-33 in American League parks. For what it's worth, Dodgers pitchers this season are hitting.111/.148/.128 this season.

Here are Monday's starting lineups, which include Buster Posey getting a day off for San Francisco:

Dodgers (43-30)

Gordon SS
Herrera LF
Ethier RF
Rivera 1B
Hairston 2B
Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Gwynn CF
Eovaldi P

Giants (40-33)

Blanco RF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera LF
Pagan CF
Sandoval 3B
Belt 1B
Sanchez C
Crawford SS
Zito P

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Preview: Nathan Eovaldi Vs. Barry Zito

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had trouble scoring runs of late but that's nothing new for Nathan Eovaldi, who starts the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park. The Dodgers have lost five of their six games on their current road trip, which concludes with three games against their division rivals.

The Dodgers had two runs and eight hits, total, in three games in Oakland, which made their 11 runs and .303 on-base percentage in three games in Anaheim a relative offensive explosion. But the offensive woes run deeper than that, as the Dodgers are hitting just .231/.306/.310 in their last 23 games, averaging just 3.61 runs per game during Matt Kemp's current stint on the disabled list.

But Eovaldi is used to low run support, as he is 0-3 in five starts despite a 2.35 ERA. The Dodgers have lost all five of his starts, thanks in part to scoring just three runs with Eovaldi in the game.

Barry Zito gets the start for the Giants, looking to rebound from allowing 17 runs in 14 1/3 innings in his last three starts, with eight walks and just six strikeouts during that span,and five home runs allowed.

This is just the second meeting of the year between these two teams, as the Dodgers took two of three games at Dodger Stadium in May, including a win over Zito on May 7.

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Dodgers Resume Rivalry With Giants In San Francisco

The Dodgers lead the Giants by three games in the National League West.

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