Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Matt Kemp Snaps Losing Streak With Walk-Off

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Dodgers Vs. Mets: Starting Pitchers, Game Times, TV Info & More

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a 10-game road trip on Friday in New York to battle the Mets at Citi Field. Friday night opens a three-game weekend series. Here is a look at the series schedule, television broadcast information, and probable pitchers heading into the weekend.

Friday, 4:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Aaron Harang gets the call for the Dodgers, looking for his third straight start of seven innings. Johan Santana pitched eight scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium on June 30, but since then has allowed 13 runs in 9 2/3 innings in two starts.

Saturday, 10:10 a.m. PDT (KCAL)

Former Met Chris Capuano makes his return to Citi Field, while the Mets turn to reliever Miguel Batista for a spot start.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Nathan Eovaldi gets the call for the Dodgers, though if they were to make a deal for Ryan Dempster this would be the place he would likely slot into the rotation. Jon Niese starts the series finale for the Mets.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Matt Kemp Walk-Off Home Run Gives L.A. 5-3 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers got a much needed victory on Wednesday afternoon, and a familiar face provided the enjoyment. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run off Jake Diekman in the 12th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies to salvage a game in their three-game series.

The Dodgers had lost four straight games and 19 of their last 25 contests heading into Wednesday, but Kemp's home run changed all that.

"This was a nice win for our club," said manager Don Mattingly. "You never know if this is going to be the one that starts us rolling in the other direction."

It was the first home run for Kemp since April 30, a drought exacerbated by Kemp missing 51 games with a pair of left hamstring strains.

The game began as a fantastic pitchers duel between Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee, each of whom allowed one run in eight innings. Kershaw walked none and struck out seven and threw a career-high 120 pitches.

Lee, who is just 1-6 this season despite a 3.72 ERA, has nine no-decisions this season. In those no-decisions he has a 2.81 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Both teams loaded the bases in the ninth inning off relievers but didn't score. Then Hunter Pence hit a bases loaded single to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead. But the Dodgers rallied for two off Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched for the third day in a row.

Kemp's home run off Diekman was his sixth this season off left-handed pitching, against whom Kemp is hitting a robust .477 (21-for-44) on the year.

The Dodgers are off on Thursday, but head to Citi Field in New York to battle the Mets for a weekend series starting Friday night. Aaron Harang starts the opener for the Dodgers, against Johan Santana for New York.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Andre Ethier Sits In Series Finale

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap their four-game losing streak on Wednesday afternoon, and they hope to also snap their month-long slump that has seen them drop 19 of their last 25 games. But they will have to do so against the Philadelphia Phillies, winners of four straight games.

Andre Ethier, who was activated from the disabled list on Friday, was given Wednesday off, which Don Mattingly called just a rest day. The Dodgers are also off on Thursday before opening a 10-game road trip in New York.

Wednesday's mound battle features a battle of Cy Young Award winners, as Clayton Kershaw faces off against Cliff Lee. Here are the starting lineups from Dodger Stadium:

Phillies (41-51)

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

Dodgers (48-44)

Gwynn RF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Hairston LF
Uribe 3B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Kershaw P

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Javy Guerra Activated From Bereavement List By Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday activated relief pitcher Javy Guerra before their series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies. The reliever was placed on the bereavement list on Saturday after going to Mexico to be with his family after his father suffered a heart attack and needed open heart surgery.

Guerra, who missed four games, on Wednesday said his father was okay. Guerra is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA with eight saves in 30 appearances on the season.

To make room for Guerra on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned starting pitcher Stephen Fife, who picked up a no-decision while allowing one run in six innings on Tuesday night in his major league debut. The move gives the Dodgers an eight-man bullpen for the next four games, until Chad BIllingsley will be activated from the disabled list to start Monday in St. Louis.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Two Late Runs Stun L.A. In 3-2 Loss

For the fourth time in five games since the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a late lead. But they just have one win to show for it during that span, as the Philadelphia Phillies came back for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Ronald Belisario hit two batters and walked another in the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs. Closer Kenley Jansen was brought in to hold a 2-1 lead, but allowed a single up the middle to Hunter Pence, scoring two and giving the Phillies the lead.

That spoiled the major league debut of Stephen Fife, who allowed just one run in six innings of work for the Dodgers. The 25-year old was called up from Triple A Albuquerque for a spot start in place of Chad Billingsley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to July 8. Fife walked three and struck out just one, but he also induced 11 ground ball outs to help keep the Phillies at bay.

The loss was the fourth straight of the Dodgers, who have lost 19 of their last 25 games. With the loss, the Dodgers fell a season-worst three games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Clayton Kershaw will help try to stave off the sweep on Wednesday afternoon, facing Cliff Lee for the Phillies.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Starting Lineups: Bobby Abreu Receives IV, Bats Leadoff

Not only are the Los Angeles Dodgers trying to snap their three-game losing streak with 25-year old Stephen Fife making his major league debut, but they will have to face the Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay. Philadelphia has won three straight games.

Halladay was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, and to make room the Phillies outrighted relief pitcher Brian Sanches to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Halladay last pitched for Philadelphia on May 27.

Bobby Abreu received IV fluids before Tuesday's game, as manager Don Mattingly said the outfielder was "feeling down," but not down enough to be held out of the lineup. Abreu is playing left field and batting leadoff Tuesday night. Here are the starting lineups for the second game of the three-game series:

Phillies (40-51)

Rollins SS
Victorino CF
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Ruiz C
Pence RF
Pierre LF
Polanco 3B
Halladay P

Dodgers (48-43)

Abreu LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Fife P

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Dodgers Notes: Chad Billingsley To Start Monday, Javy Guerra Could Be Back Wednesday

Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, but thanks to the timing of the All-Star break the hurler is expected to miss just one start. Billingsley had two MRI exams this week that showed elbow inflammation but nothing more, and that the elbow soreness is essentially the same that he usually experiences.

The plan is for Billingsley to throw a bullpen session on Friday, then start on Monday in St. Louis as the Dodgers open a four-game series against the Cardinals. Billingsley, who last pitched on July 7, has lost his last five starts with a 6.21 ERA during that span.

Stephen Fife was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to start Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, making his major league debut.

"He's more of a control type, sinker ball guy," manager Don Mattingly said of Fife. "He'll rely hopefully on keeping the ball down and having movement."

Meanwhile, Javy Guerra is still in Mexico with his father, though the reliever could be activated from the bereavement list as early as Wednesday. Fife is expected to be optioned back to Triple A when Guerra returns, giving the Dodgers eight relievers through their weekend series in New York against the Mets.

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Dodgers Place Chad Billingsley On DL, Recall Stephen Fife

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon recalled pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple A Albuquerque to start and make his major league debut against the Philadelphia Phillies. Fife will take the place, albeit briefly, of Chad Billingsley, who was scratched Sunday with elbow inflammation.

Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Fife on the active roster. Billingsley last pitched on July 7, and could be available to pitch Monday or Tuesday in St. Louis.

Fife, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox last July 31 in a three-team deal that sent outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Seattle Mariners, was 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 18 starts in Triple A, including a 2.78 ERA in his last eight starts. He will be the seventh pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers this season.

The Dodgers added seven minor leaguers to their 40-man roster last November, and Fife becomes the fifth to get called up this season, along with Scott Van Slyke, Alex Castellanos, Michael Antonini, and Josh Wall.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Final Score: Joe Blanton Leads Philadelphia To 3-2 Win

Joe Blanton pitched eight strong innings, striking out seven and walking none, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to their third straight defeat, a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies got on the board first when Carlos Ruiz doubled in the second inning and scored on a two-out single to right center field by former Dodger Juan Pierre.

In the third, Jimmy Rollins hit his ninth home run of the season, and Ryan Howard followed in the fourth inning with his first of the season, in his sixth game. Both solo shots off Nathan Eovaldi expanded Philadelphia's lead to 3-0. Eovaldi allowed three runs and six hits in his five innings.

The Dodgers scored a run in the sixth inning as Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled and later scored on a double play groundout by Matt Kemp. In the seventh inning the Dodgers pulled to within a run at 3-2 as Juan Rivera scored on a wild pitch by Blanton, who allowed two runs and six hits in his eight innings of work.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Matt Kemp Back In Starting Lineup

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their homestand as the Philadelphia Phillies come to town for a three-game series beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium. After sitting out Sunday with a scheduled day off, Matt Kemp is back in the starting lineup for the Dodgers on Monday.

Kemp, who missed 51 of the Dodgers' final 53 games before the All-Star break with two left hamstring strains, was 5-for-9 with a double in his first two games back on Friday and Saturday. But manager Don Mattingly gave Kemp a day off on Sunday.

Kemp, who said Sunday, "I'm available the rest of the season," is back in his familiar spot batting third for the Dodgers on Monday. He will face Joe Blanton, who starts for the Phillies, while Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Dodgers. Here are Monday's starting lineups from Dodger Stadium:

Phillies (39-51)

  1. Jimmy Rollins 6
  2. Shane Victorino 8
  3. Chase Utley 4
  4. Ryan Howard 3
  5. Carlos Ruiz 2
  6. Hunter Pence 9
  7. Juan Pierre 7
  8. Placido Polanco 5
  9. Joe Blanton 1

Dodgers (48-42)

  1. Jerry Hairston Jr. 5
  2. Mark Ellis 4
  3. Matt Kemp 8
  4. Andre Ethier 9
  5. Juan Rivera 7
  6. James Loney 3
  7. Luis Cruz 6
  8. A.J. Ellis 2
  9. Nate Eovaldi 1

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies Game Preview: A Tale Of Four Returning Stars

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies battle for the second time this season, and the Dodgers hope to replicate the success of their four-game sweep in Philadelphia last month. Since then, the Dodgers are 11-21 and the Phillies just 11-20, but both teams have a pair of stars who have recently returned.

Matt Kemp missed 51 of the Dodgers' final 53 games before the All-Star break with a pair of left hamstring strains, and he was activated Friday. He played two of the three games against the Padres over the weekend, sitting Sunday, and was 5-for-9 with a double.

After straining his left oblique on a check swing, Andre Ethier missed 11 games before returning with Kemp on Friday. Ethier homered and drove in four runs on Saturday and finished the weekend at 5-for-11 with five RBI in three games.

Ryan Howard missed the first 84 games this season after surgery on his left Achilles, and injury suffered during last year's playoffs. Since his return last week, Howard has started four of six games and is 2-for-16 with a double and two walks.

Chase Utley missed all of spring training and the first 76 games of the regular season with bilateral chondromalacia, and has started 10 of the last 14 games at second base for the Phillies. In 12 games this season, Utley is hitting .262/.289/.405 with two home runs and six RBI.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Chad Billingsley's Elbow A Concern For L.A.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap their two-game losing streak on Monday night as they host the Philadelphia Phillies for the start of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. But while the game itself will be news in its own right, the story Monday will be the condition of Chad Billingsley's elbow.

Billingsley was scheduled to start on Sunday against San Diego, but was scratched on Saturday night after complaining of elbow soreness, a condition he said that has bothered him for several starts. Manager Don Mattingly was disappointed that Billingsley didn't disclose the soreness earlier.

"I know why they do it but I'm trying to get the point across that don't let something get big. They think they know," Mattingly said. "We could have given him almost two weeks off. It could have been behind us."

An MRI showed elbow inflammation for Billingsley, who will undergo more tests on Monday.

The Dodgers' rotation depth is already thin as it is, with Ted Lilly still yet to begin a minor league rehab assignment for his left shoulder inflammation and nothing of note on the 40-man roster behind number six starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21 ERA), who starts Monday night against Philadelphia, his ninth start of the season. John Ely, who was in line to start Tuesday for Triple A Albuquerque, appears to be the favorite to fill the currently vacant rotation spot on Tuesday.

Even before news of Billingsley's elbow malady, the Dodgers were reportedly in the mix to acquire starter Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs.

Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98 ERA) starts for the Phillies, who have won two straight after dropping 11 of 12 games.

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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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