Dodgers Vs. Giants: L.A. Sweeps Into First Place Behind Kershaw

The Dodgers and Giants are in a virtual tie atop the National League West.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Series Pitching Probables, Game Times, TV Info & More

Fresh off their weekend sweep in San Francisco and their second 7-3 road trip of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home to open a nine-game homestand. First up is the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games, and here is a look ahead at the pitching matchups and television schedule for the series.

Monday, 7:10 p.m. (Prime Ticket)

Aaron Harang (7-5, 3.39 ERA) gets the start in the series opener, looking to continue his July success. In four starts this month, Harang has pitched seven or more innings three times. Trevor Cahill (8-9, 3.86) gets the start for Arizona, having allowed just four runs in 13 innings against the Dodgers this season.

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (KCAL)

In the second game of the series, Chris Capuano (10-6, 3.13) gets the call for the Dodgers while left-hander Wade Miley (11-6, 3.11) starts for the Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. (Prime Ticket)

This is where it gets tricky. The non-waiver trade deadline is Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, so if the Dodgers trade for Ryan Dempster or someone else this is the spot he would likely start. But if the Dodgers don't trade for any pitcher, which seems unlikely, Stephen Fife (0-0, 1.46) will make his third major league start in the afternoon finale. Josh Collmenter (3-2, 4.13) gets the call for Arizona.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Clayton Kershaw Shuts Out San Francisco To Complete Sweep, 4-0

Clayton Kershaw struck out seven in his second shutout of the season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, completing a weekend sweep. With the win, the Dodgers are now in a virtual tie with the Giants atop the National League West.

Kershaw allowed just five hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.95 on the year, a fine rebound from allowing eight runs on Tuesday in St. Louis. It was his fifth career shutout, and lowered his career ERA against the Giants to 1.32, including just 0.66 in San Francisco.

Luis Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to a career best 12 games, and drove in two runs. Cruz has 16 RBI in 22 games as a Dodger.

Hanley Ramirez continued to excel as a Dodger, scoring a run for his fifth straight game and driving in his seventh run in five games with Los Angeles. Ramirez is hitting .333 (7-for-21) since getting traded from Miami.

The Dodgers were shutout by the Giants from June 25-27, and didn't score a single run all series. The Dodgers entered that series up three games in the NL West, and they entered this series three games down. But with their sweep, including their first back-to-back shutouts in San Francisco since moving west, the Dodgers are back atop the division, albeit tied with their rivals.

The Dodgers went 7-3 on their 10-game road trip, and now return home for a nine-game homestand. Aaron Harang starts the series opener against the Diamondbacks Monday night at Dodger Stadium, with Trevor Cahill on the mound for Arizona.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Juan Rivera Bats Second

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to complete their three-game weekend sweep of the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. Juan Rivera moves up to the number two spot in the batting order in Sunday's series finale.

Andre Ethier batted second on Saturday, with Mark Ellis batting leadoff. Ellis remains at leadoff Sunday, with Ethier back to cleanup.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start on the mound for the Dodgers, in his third matchup this season with Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants, and Vogelson, have won each of the first two encounters.

Here are Sunday's starting lineups from AT&T Park:

Dodgers (55-47)

Ellis 2B
Rivera LF
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez 3B
Loney 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Giants (55-45)

Blanco RF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera LF
Posey C
Pagan CF
Scutaro 3B
Belt 1B
Crawford SS
Vogelsong P

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Preview: Clayton Kershaw Looks To Finish Sweep Of San Francisco

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to return the favor to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park. In their last visit to San Francisco, the Dodgers saw their three-game National League West lead evaporate with a Giants sweep, but with a win on Sunday the Dodgers can do the same, pull into a virtual tie in the division.

Clayton Kershaw takes the mound on Sunday, looking to rebound from Tuesday in St. Louis. He was cruising into the fifth inning but in seemingly the blink of an eye was out of the game in the sixth having given up eight runs for just the second time in his career.

Kershaw has given up two runs in each of his starts against the Giants this season, but both have been losses to Ryan Vogelsong, who is starting for the Giants on Sunday.

Hanley Ramirez looks to continue the impact he has had in his brief time as a Dodger. Ramirez has played four games with the blue crew so far but is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a home run, a triple, and a double, with four runs scored and six runs batted in.

The Dodgers are 6-3 on their 10-game road trip, with only Sunday remaining in their third long trip of the season. They went 7-3 on a June 1-10 trip through Colorado, Philadelphia, and Seattle, but then went 1-8 from June 19-27 in Oakland, Anaheim, and San Francisco.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Matt Kemp Homers, Has Four Hits In 10-0 Win

The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers came to San Francisco, they scored zero runs in three games. But so far this weekend they have scored 15 runs in two games, including their 10-0 win on Saturday against the Giants.

The Dodgers have pulled to within one game of the Giants in the National League West, with their most lopsided shutout win since an 11-0 victory on July 10, 1997.

Matt Kemp homered in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead, and later singled off Barry Zito (8-7). On the season, Kemp is hitting .509 (27-for-53) against left-handed pitching with eight home runs.

Kemp was a triple shy of the cycle in the ninth inning and he hit a ball near the right field corner but he settled for a double, his second of the game. Kemp finished his day 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

Chad Billingsley (6-9) was efficient in his second start back from the disabled list, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings for his second straight win. Billingsley allowed just four hits and no walks, and though he struck out just two batters he also induced 14 ground ball outs in the win.

Hanley Ramirez continued to produce as a Dodger, going 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in, and he scored a run for the fourth consecutive game. A.J. Ellis added a solo home run, his eighth of the season.

Clayton Kershaw starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, facing Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants, the third time those two pitchers will have matched up this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Pablo Sandoval To Disabled List, San Francisco Activates Marco Scutaro, Aubrey Huff

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second win in as many days at AT&T Park, but on Saturday they will face a San Francisco Giants that looks a tad different from Friday night. Marco Scutaro, who was acquired via trade on Friday from the Colorado Rockies, starts at third base and bats seventh for San Francisco on Saturday.

Scutaro, 36, hit .271/.324/.361 in 95 games for Colorado this season, playing second base and shortstop. He has not played third base since 2008, but figures to fill in at third for the immediate future, as Pablo Sandoval was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. Sandoval injured his hamstring in a stretch at first base on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

The Giants also activated Aubrey Huff form the disabled list and infielder Emmannuel Burriss was designated for assignment.

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Dodgers' Rubby De La Rosa To Rehab Sunday With Class A Rancho Cucamonga

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Saturday that right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2011, will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

De La Rosa, now 23, made a splash with the Dodgers last year, going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 13 games with the Dodgers, including 10 starts. De La Rosa struck out 60 batters in 60 2/3 innings as a rookie, while walking 31. But he went on the disabled list with elbow soreness after a July 31 start, and had surgery in August.

This season, De La Rosa has been on the 60-day disabled list all year, and has been rehabbing at the Dodger training complex in Glendale, Arizona. Sunday will be his first time on a professional mound since July 31, 2011.

Earlier this season, manager Don Mattingly said that if De La Rosa will make any sort of impact on the 2012 Dodgers it will be likely as a bullpen arm in September.

On Sunday with Rancho Cucamonga, De La Rosa will follow Ted Lilly on the mound, as Lilly is also pitching on a rehab assignment.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Andre Ethier Moves To Second

After Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning on Friday night to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers look to continue their run on Saturday afternoon in the middle game of their weekend series at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers shook up their lineup a bit, moving Andre Ethier from cleanup to the second spot and moving regular number two hitter Mark Ellis to leadoff. That allows Ramirez to bat cleanup.

Chad Billingsley starts for the Dodgers, while Barry Zito is on the bump for the Giants. Here are Saturday's starting lineups from AT&T Park.

Dodgers (54-47)

Ellis 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Ramirez 3B
Hairston LF
Rivera 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Billingsley P

Giants (55-44)

Schierholtz RF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera LF
Posey C
Pagan CF
Belt 1B
Scutaro 3B
Crawford SS
Zito P

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Preview: Chad Billingsley Goes For Second Straight Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win on Saturday afternoon as they battle the San Francisco Giants in a divisional battle at AT&T Park. The Dodgers, who were shutout in all three games in San Francisco in June, took the opener Friday night on a 10th inning home run by Hanley Ramirez.

Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers on Saturday, making his second start since returning from the disabled list after missing two weeks with right elbow inflammation. He allowed one run in six innings in a win on Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Barry Zito has lasted seven innings in each of his last two starts, and looks for his second win against the Dodgers this season. Zito is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA against Los Angeles this season.

In Friday night's win against the Giants, Shawn Tolleson got the victory in relief for his first major league win. Starting pitcher Stephen Fife doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit, in his second big league start. The last time the Dodgers got a first major league hit and first major league win in the same game, per Elias, was Sept. 8, 1998 when Jeff Kubenka earned the win and Angel Pena got his first hit. The last time it happened in a month other than September was April 24, 1967 (Jim Campanis and Dick Egan).

The Dodgers are 3-4 against the Giants this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Hanley Ramirez Home Run Gives L.A. 5-3 Win

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run off Sergio Romo in the 10th inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park. The win pulled the Dodgers to within two games of the Giants in the National League West.

The Dodgers got another productive start from fill-in starter Stephen Fife, making just his second major league start. He allowed one in in 6 1/3 innings, nearly mirroring his major league debut 10 days ago against the Phillies, in which he allowed one run in six frames. On Friday Fife struck out only two batters, but his 11 ground ball outs got him out of jams, as he allowed nine runners to reach base.

Brandon Belt hit a two-run, broken bat single in the eighth inning to erase a 3-1 Dodgers lead, the second time that Ronald Belisario has blown a lead for Fife.

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth for the Dodgers to pick up his first major league victory, and Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless 10th inning for his 20th save.

Ramirez has made an immediate impact in the middle of the Dodgers' batting order, hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a home runs and triple so far as a Dodger, to go along with three walks and one run scored in all three games with Los Angeles.

The Dodgers, who snapped a three-game losing streak on Friday, will send Chad Billingsley to the mound on Saturday afternoon in the middle game of the series, facing Barry Zito for San Francisco.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Pablo Sandoval Out For San Francisco

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a weekend series on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, the third of six series between the two teams this season. Pablo Sandoval is out of the lineup Friday after injuring his hamstring on Wednesday.

Stephen Fife was recalled from Triple A to start Friday's game, and he will be making his second major league start. Matt Cain gets the start for the Giants. In his last five starts against the Dodgers, he has a 1.80 ERA with five walks and 28 strikeouts, and the Giants have won all five contests.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday's series opener at AT&T Park.

Dodgers (53-47)

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

Giants (55-43)

Schierholtz RF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera LF
Posey C
Pagan CF
Belt 1B
Arias 3B
Crawford SS
Cain P

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Dodgers Place Scott Elbert On Disabled List, Recall Stephen Fife To Start Friday

Before the Los Angeles Dodgers began their weekend series against the San Francisco Giants, they made a roster move. Relief pitcher Scott Elbert was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, with Stephen Fife getting promoted to start on the mound Friday night.

Fife allowed one run in six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 17 in his major league debut, but he was optioned back to Triple A Albuquerque the next day. On Sunday for the Isotopes, he allowed one run in seven innings against Iowa, with no walks and 12 strikeouts.

Fife normally would have to wait 10 days after getting optioned to return to the major leagues, but since he is replacing an injured player that requirement is waived.

Elbert is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA this season, with 13 walks and 28 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. He pitched just once in the four-game series in St. Louis, walking the only batter he faced on five pitches on Wednesday night. Elbert was the only left-handed pitcher in the Dodgers bullpen all season until Wednesday's trade with the Miami Marlins, when southpaw specialist Randy Choate became a Dodger along with Hanley Ramirez.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Preview: L.A. Must Face Matt Cain In Series Opener

The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled north to face the division rival San Francisco Giants, it was a disastrous series for the boys in blue. The Dodgers didn't score a single run in three games, and saw their three-game division lead disappear.

Entering Friday, the Dodgers now find themselves three games behind the Giants, and look to snap their three-game losing streak. The Dodgers opened their road trip with four straight wins but lost the final three games in St. Louis.

The Giants have won four of the six meetings between these two teams this season, and that's without the Dodgers facing Matt Cain. That ends Friday night, as Cain starts the series opener. Cain has been a stalwart for the Giants this season, at 10-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 19 starts, averaging over seven innings per start.

Since his perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, Cain is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in six starts with eight home runs in 39 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers haven't yet announced their starting pitcher for Friday, but it appears that Stephen Fife will make his second big league start. This start was originally scheduled for Nathan Eovaldi, but he was dealt on Wednesday along with minor league pitcher Scott McGough to the Miami Marlins for Hanley Ramirez and left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate.

Fife allowed just one run in six innings in a no-decision against the Philadelphia Phillies in his major league debut on June 17, and he was optioned back to Triple A the next day. Normally Fife wouldn't be allowed to return on Friday as it is within the 10 days required for an optional assignment, but he could return if replacing an injured player.

Relief pitcher Scott Elbert has been dealing with shoulder soreness for the last several weeks per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, and is likely headed for the disabled list to open up a spot for Fife on Friday. Elbert was the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen for the Dodgers until Choate was acquired on Wednesday.

2012 Dodgers vs. Giants
May 7: at LA 9, SF 1
May 8: SF 2, at LA 1
May 9: at LA 6, SF 2
June 25: at SF 8, LA 0
June 26: at SF 2, LA 0
June 27: at SF 3, LA 0

Ramirez has played third base in his first two games as a Dodger, but he will likely play shortstop soon, and at least until Dee Gordon returns from the disabled list next month.

"For right now it's the best spot for us," said manager Don Mattingly. "If he's playing shortstop everyone else can mix and match at third base a little bit, and we can do some things with the guys that we have."

At the plate Ramirez is 3-for-6 with three walks and a triple, with two runs scored and an RBI. He has batted fifth behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in both games.

The Dodgers hope that with Ramirez, Kemp, and Ethier in the middle of their batting order their offense will produce. At the very least, they should easily outdo the last series at AT&T Park, when the Giants outscored the Dodgers 13-0 in three games from June 25-27.

In losing those three games in San Francisco, the Dodgers had a total of 13 hits and three doubles, hitting just .172/.245/.204.

The Giants have won each of their last four series and are 9-3 since the All-Star break. The Dodgers, who got Kemp and Ethier back from the disabled list on July 13, are 6-7 during that span.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Series Pitching Probables, Game Times, TV Info & More

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap their three-game losing streak as they conclude their 10-game road trip with a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. Here is a look at the weekend pitching matchups and broadcast television schedule.

Friday, 7:15 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

The Dodgers have been able to avoid Matt Cain in their first two series against the Giants, but cannot do so in the third series, facing Cain (10-3, 2.74 ERA) in the opener Friday night at AT&T Park. The Dodgers haven't yet announced their starter, in place of new Marlins hurler Nathan Eovaldi, but all signs point to Stephen Fife getting the call in the opener. Fife (0-0, 1.50) would be making his second big league start.

Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (Fox)

Chad Billingsley (5-9, 4.15) makes his second start since returning from the disabled list, facing off with Barry Zito (8-6, 3.75). Both pitchers are making their third start against the other team this season.

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (Prime Ticket)

Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) saw the wheels fall off on Tuesday in St. Louis, allowing eight runs for just the second time in his career. He looks to get back on track against the Giants, facing Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26) for the third time this season. Kershaw has allowed just four total runs in 14 innings against San Francisco this season, but took the loss in both games.

The Dodgers are three games behind the Giants in the National League West.

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