PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 6: Tony Gwynn Jr. #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hi-fives his teammates in the dugout after scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth inning during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Phillies: L.A. Completes 4-Game Sweep In Philadelphia

The Dodgers are 16-12 on the road this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: L.A. Wins 8-3 To Complete 4-Game Sweep

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied against Cole Hamels in the sixth inning, then pulled away with four runs in the ninth inning, to complete their four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with an 8-3 win on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

It was the first four-game sweep for the Dodgers in Philadelphia since May 24-26, 1946.

Jerry Hairston Jr., batting cleanup for the second time in a week and for the second time in his career, had two hits and two RBI for the Dodgers. James Loney added two hits for the second straight day, and Elian Herrera walked twice and scored twice.

Andre Ethier didn't start, but added a two-run double as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning to break open the game. That double snapped an 0-for-17 skid for Ethier.

Aaron Harang allowed three runs in six innings for his fifth win of the season, and the 100th win of his career. Jamey Wright followed with two scoreless innings to hold a one-run lead before the Dodgers broke it open in the ninth.

Shawn Tolleson, who was promoted to the Dodgers on Monday, made his major league debut in the ninth inning but was removed after walking both hitters he faced.

The Dodgers move on to Seattle, where they will conclude their 10-game road trip with a weekend series at Safeco Field against the Mariners.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Andre Ethier Sits

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fourth straight win on Thursday morning as they face the Philadelphia Phillies in the finale of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Aaron Harang takes the mound for the Dodgers, who are in search of their first ever four-game sweep in Philadelphia.

Cole Hamels gets the start for the Phillies, looking for his ninth win of the season.

Andre Ethier, in an 0-for-17 slump, gets the day off on Thursday, just the third time he has been out of the starting lineup this season. Here are the starting lineups for Thursday's series finale:

Dodgers (36-21)

Gordon SS
Herrera 3B
Rivera LF
Hairston 2B
Loney 1B
Castellanos CF
Gwynn CF
Treanor C
Harang P

Phillies (28-30)

Rollins SS
Pierre LF
Pence RF
Wigginton 3B
Victorino CF
Fontenot 2B
Mayberry 1B
Schneider C
Hamels P

Thursday's 10:05 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Philly.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Game Preview: L.A. Goes For Rare Sweep, Must Face Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to make a bit of history on Thursday morning at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers have won the first three games of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies, all by one run, and look to complete the sweep on Thursday on getaway day. But in the long history of the Dodgers and Phillies, the Dodgers have never swept the Phillies in a four-game series in Philadelphia.

To make history on Thursday, the Dodgers have to beat Cole Hamels, who is 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA this season. Hamels has been superb thus far this season, with 80 strikeouts in 77 innings against just 16 walks. He is coming off a loss in which he allowed five runs at home to the Miami Marlins, but that snapped an eight-game and nine-start winning streak for Hamels.

Aaron Harang was 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts in May, and opened June with another quality start, allowing one run in six innings in a win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The Dodgers have somehow found a way to win three games in Philadelphia despite missing their best player in Matt Kemp, who is out at least a month with a left hamstring strain. Andre Ethier is in an 0-for-17 slump, yet the Dodgers keep rolling thanks to unsung heroes.

Elian Herrera drove in the winning run on Monday night in the ninth inning, then did the same with a two-run double in the eighth inning on Tuesday night. Dee Gordon, who scored the winning run Monday after tripling off Jonathan Papelbon, drove in two runs in the sixth inning Wednesday to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead.

One thing that is certain on Thursday is that Kenley Jansen will not pitch for the Dodgers. The closer threw 32 pitches on Wednesday in his third straight day of work. After earning saves in each of the first three games of the series, the Dodgers will have to turn elsewhere should they have a ninth inning lead Thursday, perhaps Josh Lindblom or Ronald Belisario.

Thursday's 10:05 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Philly.

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Dodgers Vs. Mariners Probable Pitchers: Felix Hernandez Might Pitch Sunday In Seattle

The Los Angeles Dodgers have one more game in Philadelphia on Thursday morning against the Phillies, but then they continue their 10-game road trip with a three-game weekend series at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners. Here's a look at the weekend pitching matchups:

Friday - Nathan Eovaldi vs. Kevin Millwood (7:10 p.m. PDT): Eovaldi has allowed five total runs, just four earned, in his two starts, but has no wins to show for it so far.

Saturday - Clayton Kershaw vs. Jason Vargas (4:15 p.m. PDT): The Dodgers' ace gets the start on Fox in essentially a twilight start in Seattle.

Sunday - Chad Billingsley vs. TBD (1:10 p.m. PDT): The Mariners haven't officially named a starter for Sunday, but the team is hoping Felix Hernandez will be ready by then, per Greg Johns of MLB.com. The Mariners skipped Hernandez on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels in favor of Hector Noesi.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Dee Gordon, James Loney Key 6-5 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Dee Gordon hit a two-run single to gave the Dodgers the lead in what would eventually become their third straight one-run win over the Phillies.

Gordon's single made a win out of Chris Capuano, who gave up three home runs and four runs in his five innings of work. Despite the short start, Capuano did strikeout five and only allowed five men to reach base, with five strikeouts.

The Dodgers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a bases loaded walk by James Loney, who was 2-for-4 in his return to the starting lineup.

The run was needed as Kenley Jansen struggled in his third straight day of work. It was the first time this season that Jansen pitched for three straight days, and the second time in his a career. Jansen allowed a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, but was able to induce a popup by Brian Schneider to end the game and preserve the win.

The Dodgers send Aaron Harang to the mound on Thursday morning as they go for the four-game sweep, which would be the first for the Dodgers in Philadelphia.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: James Loney Back At First Base

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win Wednesday night as they battle the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Chris Capuano takes the mound for the Dodgers, looking for his eighth win of the season, facing Kyle Kendrick for the Phillies.

James Loney returns to the lineup to play first base after sitting out the last two games in favor of Juan Rivera, who was activated off the disabled list on Monday. Loney sat in four of the previous six games, including getting benched against a right-hander twice, the first two times this season that had happened. Loney is hitting .247/.321/.355 this season with two home runs in 55 games.

Here are Wednesday's starting lineups:

Dodgers (35-21)

Gordon SS
Herrera 3B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Ellis C
Loney 1B
Kennedy 2B
Gwynn CF
Capuano P

Phillies (28-29)

Rollins SS
Pierre LF
Pence RF
Ruiz C
Victorino CF
Wigginton 3B
Mayberry 1B
Galvis 2B
Kendrick P

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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Dealing With Plantar Fasciitis

Although it hasn't been causing him much of a problem on the mound, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick in reporting that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been dealing with some plantar fasciitis in his foot, though shouldn't cause him to miss any time as it stands right now.

Skipper Don Mattingly noted that it's been going on for about a week, and really started to bother him on Monday after taking an awkward step on first base.

"It's a little plantar fasciitis, Mattingly said. He took a funny step and just felt it. He says he doesn't feel it at all [while pitching, only when running. They're trying different tape and things at night to help it go away," Mattingly said.

Catching it early is certainly a good thing for Kershaw and the Dodgers as it can be dealt with easier by the training staff and cause less problems in the long run. Hopefully it won't be much of an issue.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Elian Herrera, Chad Billingsley Lead 2-1 Win Over Cliff Lee

For the second consecutive night, Elian Herrera was the hero for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came from behind to beat Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Lee was dominant through seven scoreless innings, but the Dodgers got to him for four hits in the eighth, punctuated by Herrera's two-run double.

Herrera's double turned a 1-0 deficit into a one-run lead and made a winner out of Chad Billingsley (3-4), who won for the first time since April 11. Billingsley allowed just one run on six hits and struck out three.

Lee struck out 12 on the night and despite his 2.92 ERA and 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year he is winless in nine starts (0-3). The two runs Tuesday were one more than the Dodgers had scored in their previous four games against Lee.

Kenley Jansen allowed a hit, but also struck out two in his scoreless ninth inning to pick up his eighth save of the year. With the win, the Dodgers have won back-to-back games for the first time in nine days.

Javy Guerra, who was placed on the disabled list on Monday, had surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Cliff Lee Vs. Chad Billingsley

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second win in as many night at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies, but they will have to beat a man in Cliff Lee who has dominated them in the past.

Lee has made four starts in his career against the Dodgers, including the playoffs. He has allowed a grand total of one run, and that was back in 2008 when he was with Cleveland. As a Phillie, Lee has pitched 23 scoreless innings against the Dodgers, with 14 hits allowed, three walks, and 30 strikeouts (10 in each game).

Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his first win since April 11. Billingsley does have more strikeouts than innings pitched in each of his last three starts, with 23 strikeouts in 17 innings during that span.

Here are Tuesday's starting lineups, which include the right-handed Alex Castellanos getting the start in left field against Lee:

Dodgers (34-21)

Gordon SS
Herrera 3B
Rivera 1B
Ethier RF
Castellanos LF
Hairston 2B
Treanor C
Gwynn CF
Billingsley P

Phillies (28-28)

Rollins SS
Pierre LF
Pence RF
Ruiz C
Victorino CF
Wigginton 1B
Polanco 3B
Galvis 2B
Lee P

Tuesday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Elian Herrera, Dee Gordon Lead L.A. To 4-3 Win

Elian Herrera singled off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning to score Dee Gordon and give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Gordon, who tripled to the right field gap to lead off the ninth inning, was 2-for-4 on the night.

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings for the Dodgers, allowing three runs and getting a no-decision. All three runs off Kershaw came in the third inning, punctuated by a two-run home run by Placido Polanco.

Juan Rivera, who was activated from the disabled list before Monday's game, was 1-for-5 with an RBI on the night. Former Phillie Bobby Abreu also drove in a run for the Dodgers.

Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up his first MLB win since September 28, 2010. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for his seventh save of the season.

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Dodgers Place Javy Guerra On Disabled List, Promote Shawn Tolleson

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been quite busy with the disabled list of late. They activated Juan Rivera earlier Monday from the DL, but had to make another move before tonight's game with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers placed reliever Javy Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, and called up 2011 organizational minor league pitcher of the year Shawn Tolleson from Triple A Albuquerque.

The Dodgers had to add Tolleson, their 30th round draft pick in 2010, to the 40-man roster, so to make room they transferred Matt Guerrier to the 60-day disabled list. Guerrier hasn't pitched since April 18, but he isn't expected back until around the All-Star break.

Tolleson, 24, grew up with Clayton Kershaw near Dallas, and Kershaw happens to be starting tonight for the Dodgers. Tolleson began last season in low Class A Great Lakes, but has made a very rapid rise through the system:

  • 2010 - rookie level Ogden: 28 2/3 innings, 0.63 ERA, five walks, 39 strikeouts
  • 2011 - Class A Great Lakes: 15 innings, 0.00 ERA, four walks, 33 strikeouts
  • 2011 - advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga: 9 2/3 innings, 0.92 ERA, three walks, 17 strikeouts
  • 2011 - Double A Chattanooga: 44 1/3 innings, 1.62 ERA, 11 walks, 55 strikeouts
  • 2012 - Double A Chattanooga: 13 innings, 1.38 ERA, four walks, 19 strikeouts
  • 2012 - Triple A Albuquerque: 9 2/3 innings, 4.82 ERA, one walk, 15 strikeouts

In 120 minor league innings, Tolleson has a 1.35 ERA, with 28 walks, and 178 strikeouts

"His consistency, his work ethic, I think all those things play into it. This kid has come in on a mission. He has exceeded even his own expectations to a certain degree," said Dodgers head of player development De Jon Watson last month. "He's going out and giving it to us every night. I can't say enough about his character and makeup."

Tolleson will wear number 38 with the Dodgers.

Monday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Juan Rivera Pushes James Loney To Bench

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a four-game series on Monday night in Philadelphia against the Phillies, looking to snap a skid that has seen them lose six of their last seven games. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers, with Vance Worley getting the start for the Phillies fresh off the disabled list.

Juan Rivera was activated from the disabled list on Monday and he immediately gets the start at first base. It is the second time in five days James Loney has been benched against a right-handed pitcher, the first two times that has happened this season. Loney is hitting .248 with two home runs this season. Here are Monday's starting lineups:

Dodgers (33-20)

Gordon SS
Herrera CF
Ethier RF
Rivera 1B
Abreu LF
Ellis C
Hairston 2B
Kennedy 3B
Kershaw P

Phillies (28-27)

Rollins SS
Polanco 3B
Pence RF
Ruiz C
Victorino CF
Wigginton 3B
Mayberry LF
Galvis 2B
Worley P

Monday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Series Pitching Matchups

The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to get out of their funk on Monday as they open a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers have lost six of their last seven games and have seen their National League West divisional lead shrink to three games. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the next four days:

Monday, 4:05 p.m. PDT - Clayton Kershaw vs. Vance Worley: Kershaw has lost his last two starts, while Worley is fresh off the disabled list.

Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT - Chad Billingsley vs. Cliff Lee: Lee is winless in eight starts despite a 3.00 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.40, but is 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers, including the playoffs.

Wednesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT - Chris Capuano vs. Kyle Kendrick

Thursday, 10:05 a.m. PDT - Aaron Harang vs. Cole Hamels

Monday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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Dodgers Activate Juan Rivera, Option Scott Van Slyke

The Los Angeles Dodgers activated Juan Rivera from the disabled list before their game Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Rivera missed 24 games with a ruptured left hamstring tendon. To make room for Rivera on the roster, the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke to Triple A Albuquerque.

Rivera was hitting just .247/.276/.358 with two home runs and 13 RBI before going on the disabled list on May 9. Rivera had what was first described as a severe left hamstring strain but turned out to be a ruptured tendon, and the worst case scenario was that he could miss up to two months.

Van Slyke hit .194/.219/.355 in 17 games in his first big league stint, mixing time in between the outfield and first base. He had a game-winning pinch-hit three-run home run on May 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals, but was just 3-for-22 since the home run.

Monday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Clayton Kershaw Starts Series Opener In Philadelphia

Clayton Kershaw has lost back-to-back starts for the first time since September 1-7, 2010.

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