July 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney (7) cannot make the catch as San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal (12) reaches first on an RBI single in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Vs. Padres: LA Throws Away Series Against Padres

Kenley Jansen threw away a victory on Saturday, then the whole team got in on the act on Sunday.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Probable Starters, Game Times, TV Info & More

The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a poor start to their second half with a series loss at home to the San Diego Padres, and look to get back on track against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers' pitching rotation was thrown out of whack with Chad Billingsley's elbow inflammation, which pushed both Chris Capuano and Nathan Eovaldi up a day.

Tuesday's starter is yet unknown, but a leading candidate is John Ely, who is 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League with the Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes. Ely, who is striking out a career-high 26.1% of the hitters he has faced this year and walking a career-best 4.9%, was 4-10 with a 5.49 ERA in 18 starts for the Dodgers in 2010. Ely is not on the 40-man roster, so if the Dodgers do decide to add him they will need to make a corresponding move. But that is not a problem since Todd Coffey is out for the season after Tommy John surgery and could be transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Here are the probable starters for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium:

The Dodgers swept a four-game series in Philadelphia from June 4-7.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Errant Dodgers Lose Rubber Match To San Diego

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 7-2 to the San Diego Padres, as five errors doomed the Dodgers who had to scramble from a surprising announcement this morning. Chad Billingsly was slated to pitch today's game, but was scratched with elbow soreness and left handed Chris Capuano had to start in his place. Juan Uribe started his first game at shortstop since May, and was one of the players to commit an error.

The Dodgers struck first, on an Andre Ethier single in the first inning to drive in Tony Gwynn from second. Gwynn started leadoff today and his infield single here was his only hit of the game. He subsequently stole second base, but that proved irrelevant when Mark Ellis walked from the two hole. With Matt Kemp sitting this game out, Bobby Abreu and James Loney failed to move any runners after Ethier's RBI.

The Padres found what proved to be the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. After two fly outs to begin the inning, the potential third out of the inning was thrown away by Jerry Hairston playing third base. A single by Everth Cabrera and a walk issued to John Baker loaded the bases, but once again the potential third out could not be recorded. Jerry Hairston threw another ball away, allowing two runs to score. This caused Chris Capuano to be pulled from the game. The Padres were able to get one more unearned run to effectively seal up the game.

In fact, the Padres only scored one earned run the entire game, off reliever Josh Lindblom in the 8th inning. The Dodger defense with the two throwing errors by Hairston, one by Uribe, one by Mark Ellis, and a Jamey Wright fielding error cost the Dodgers the game and the series.

Nathan Eovaldi will pitch tomorrow's game with the Billingsly scratch moving every pitcher up one game. Tuesday's started is yet to be determined. An MRI is scheduled for Billlingsly's elbow.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.


MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Considered Likely Bidders For Cole Hamels, Ryan Dempster

The Los Angeles Dodgers could benefit from adding a pitcher or two to their starting rotation, and they're expected to be in the market for a couple of the biggest names around. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Capuano have cemented themselves atop the rotation, injuries to Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley's sore elbow have been a cause for concern.

With a little more than two weeks remaining before the trade deadline, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports took a look at the contending teams looking to make a deal. Here's what he had to say about the Dodgers.

A lot of folks already are figuring they have a good shot at Hamels in the winter, so why not now? They definitely have the bucks to do a deal. They want to add a pitcher, but are also one of many considering Ryan Dempster (Ted Lilly, the ex-Cub, put in a good word for Dempster), who may be most likely for them.

He would be referring to Cole Hamels, the left-handed ace for the struggling Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels is set to become a free agent in three months and will see a huge check, something L.A. can now provide given their ownership change. At the same time, adding a pitcher of Hamels' caliber for the pennant race could be the difference between playing baseball or golf in October.

As for Dempster, the Dodgers have reportedly already made an offer to the Cubs for the veteran righty, although they'll get some stiff competition from just about every team in the league.

For more on Dodgers trade rumors, check out True Blue L.A.


Dodgers Vs. Padres: Kenley Jansen Throws Game Away, LA Loses 7-6

The Los Angeles Dodgers lose to the San Diego Padres as Kenley Jansen had home stolen with his back turned, and then again as his throw got away from AJ Ellis. The Dodgers went into the top of the ninth leading on the strength of a two run Andre Ethier home run. However, the Padres were able to bounce back to get just their third win over the Dodgers this season in 11 games.

Kenley Jansen was brought in to save a 6-5 game, and had it down to two outs with Alexi Amarista at the plate and men and third and second. Jansen made the mistake of turning his back to home plate, and Everth Cabrera took off from third to home. Jansen's throw was high, making Cabrera safe. In the meantime Will Venable took third, and seeing the ball at the backstop took off for home. On one wild throw to the plate, the Padres took the game 7-6.

With Arron Harang on the mound, the Padres were able to get out to an early lead when Logan Forsythe came in to score in the top of the first inning. Forsythe made it on base via a single, then to third on an error by Juan Rivera at first base. He came around to score on a fielder's choice.

Ethier singled in Mark Ellis in the bottom of the first, to tie the game. The Dodgers took a two run lead in the bottom of the third with Ethier singling in another run and Juan Rivera walking with the bases loaded. The Padres got one back on a Carlos Quentin home run.

The Padres tied it in the sixth on a Chase Headley two run home run at 4-4, but Andre Ethier broke the tie with a two run home run of his own in the bottom of the sixth, his first since returning from injury.

The Dodgers and Padres will play the rubber match tomorrow afternoon.


Dodgers Vs. Padres: LA Looks For Series Win Against San Diego

The Los Angeles Dodgers go for the series win against the San Diego Padres tonight, as two right-handed pitchers face off. The Dodgers are looking to extend a 10 game win streak against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, which dates back to the first of May, 2011. Since then, the Dodgers have gone 18-4 overall against the Padres and 8-2 so far in 2012.

Last night, the San Diego took an early 1-0 lead over Los Angeles in the second inning. That lead was erased by a 2 run home run by Mark Ellis in the sixth inning as the Dodgers held on to win 2-1. Clayton Richard of the Padres was tagged with the loss for giving up the home run despite lasting longer than his counterpart Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw only gave up the one run in six innings of work, and was pulled so Tony Gwynn Jr. could lead off in the bottom of the sixth. Gwynn used a bunt to get on first base then was brought in by the Mark Ellis home run, earning Kershaw the win.

Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier made their returns last night. Kemp was the only dodger to have a multi-hit game, while Ethier only reached base via being hit by the pitch. Tonight, against right-hander Edison Volquez, Ethier might have better luck. Kenley Jansen closed last night and got the save; his 16th in 19 opportunities.

The Giants won last night, so the Dodgers maintained their 0.5 game lead in the NL West. The Diamondbacks weren't as fortunate, losing two to the Cubs so far this weekend to drop them to 5.5 games back.


Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier Return But Mark Ellis Lifts Dodgers Over Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1 tonight, their eighth win against the Padres in ten games, on the strength of a two run Mark Ellis home run. Matt Kemp went 2-4 in his first game back from injury, launching a double on his first at bat off the injured list. Andre Ethier had a quieter return, getting no hits but getting on base once via a hit by pitch.

Clayton Kershaw went six innings, giving up six hits and one earned run along with three walks and six strikeouts. It wasn't Kershaw's best night, and he seemed to be pitching to contact, but luckily for him the damage was limited to one run with the Padres bats ineffective with men in scoring position.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kershaw was pinched for Tony Gwynn Jr. who used his speed to get on base via the bunt single; then a fielder's choice put Jerry Hairston on first instead of Gwynn. Mark Ellis came up with one man on and one out to launch a fly ball home run into the old Mannywood section in left field to put the Dodgers up by one run.

The Padres got their run in the top of the second inning. Recent call up Yasmani Grandal doubled off Kershaw on a play where Kemp looked hesitant to dive at a fly ball with his hamstring still under repair. Kemp deflected the ball back to Luis Cruz with his knee. Grandal was eventually able to come in and score on a series of ground outs.

Kenley Jansen came in to get the save in the ninth, walking one but getting the rest of the outs in the field. Both Javy Guerra and Ronald Bellasario were credited with holds after taking over the game from Kershaw.

For more on this game, check out True Blue LA.


Dodgers Vs. Padres: Matt Kemp And Andre Ethier Return To LA Lineup

The Los Angeles Dodgers begin their second half of their season tonight, welcoming back superstars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and taking on one of their favorite opponents; the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers currently hold a nine game winning streak against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Since the first of May, 2011 the Dodgers have gone 17-4 against the Padres, including a 7-2 mark thus far this season.

The big news for the Dodgers is getting both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier back. They will hit third and fourth in tonight's lineup after completing their rehab assignments around the All Star break. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke.

Despite rumors that Bobby Abreu could bat leadoff for the Dodgers, he's not in tonight's lineup with Jerry Hariston Jr. batting first. The 36 year old has an on base percentage of .369 in 196 at bats. He'll be batting in front of Mark Ellis, and between the two of them Kemp and Ethier should have men on base to try and bring in.

They'll be facing Clayton Richards of the Padres, who was on the mound for both San Diego victories over the Dodgers this season. In 20 innings pitched he's allowed six earned runs, as has kept the Dodgers batting .167 in his three stars (on was a no decision).


Dodgers Vs. Padres: Don Mattingly Might Start Bobby Abreu Leadoff Against San Diego

Ahead of their series against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, Dodger manager Don Mattingly as said that Bobby Abreu could lead off for the Dodgers with Dee Gordon recovering from thumb surgery.

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