PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 08: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three run home-run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: L.A. Drops Third Straight To Wrap Up First Half

The Dodgers are 4-5 against the Diamondbacks this season.

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L.A. Dodgers Unveil Rotation Plans For After All-Star Break, Clayton Kershaw To Pitch First

The Los Angeles Dodgers have set their starting rotation for after the All-Star Break to put the odds in their favor. The club will return to the diamond on Friday night against the Padres, and it'll be ace lefty Clayton Kershaw who takes the mound first. He will be followed on Saturday by Aaron Harang.

Chad Billingsley will pitch the series finale against San Diego. Despite his recent struggles on the mound, Billingsley is 12-8 in his career against the Padres with a very impressive 2.62 ERA in 26 games (22 starts). He faced them on April 6 and struck out 11 in 8.1 shutout innings, so it only makes sense to give him the start.

The next series will be against the struggling Phillies. Chris Capuano will make the start in the series opener on Monday, July 16. Nathan Eovaldi will pitch next, and then Kershaw will go once again in Wednesday's series finale.

Despite their struggles in recent weeks, the Dodgers are still 0.5 games up in the National League West.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Arizona Coasts To 7-1 Win

The good news is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading into the All-Star break while still in sole possession of first place in the National League West. The bad news is that they're heading into the break with a three-game losing streak and only have a half-game lead on the San Francisco Giants. On Sunday, the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a final score of 7-1. The D-backs claimed the last three games of a four-game series to move to within four games of first place.

The Dodgers were held to just two hits and a walk against Arizona starter Trevor Bauer through six innings and weren't able to scratch out their lone run until the top of the ninth inning. Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano, by contrast, gave up five runs in five innings on nine hits and a walk. Capuano was unable to pick up his 10th win and falls to 9-4.

The Diamondbacks struck first, as Justin Upton hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning and Paul Goldschmidt drove him in with a ground-rule double. Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer off Capuano in the fifth inning to make it 5-0 Diamondbacks. Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 7-0.

The Dodgers scored their lone run on a Juan Uribe sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Dodgers managed just five hits, two of which were from Juan Rivera. Doubles by Rivera and Capuano represented the only Dodgers extra-base hits of the game.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Arizona Rallies To Beat Chad Billingsley 5-3

The Los Angeles Dodgers must have had a feeling of déjà vu on Saturday night, as the game pattern was eerily similar to Friday night's loss. Once again the Dodgers got out to a first inning lead, but the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied in the middle innings and captured their second straight 5-3 win over the Dodgers. Arizona has won two of the first three games of the four-game series.

Jerry Hairston Jr. homered in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. That lead lasted until the fifth inning, when Chad Billingsley allowed three hits and a sacrifice fly for three runs, highlighted by a two-run double from Gerardo Parra.

Billingsley (4-9) allowed just six hits in his six innings and didn't walk a batter, but five of those six hits were doubles and he allowed four runs to take his fifth straight loss.

After allowing two runs in the first inning, Trevor Cahill (7-7) allowed just one more run the rest of the way, a solo home run by A.J. Ellis in the seventh inning. That brought the Dodgers to within 4-3, but Jason Kubel added an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his 15th of the season.

Cahill allowed three runs in seven innings for the win.

Ellis went 3-for-4 on the night, and his home run gave the Dodgers six home runs in seven games in July, matching their total for all of June, in 28 games.

The Dodgers look to salvage a split on Sunday afternoon, with Chris Capuano facing off against Trevoe Bauer in the final game before the All-Star break.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Time, TV Info: Chad Billingsley, Trevor Cahill Each Look To Snap Losing Streaks

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to rebound from Friday's 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks as the two teams battle again in the third game of a four-game series on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's contest.

Time: 7:10 p.m. PDT

TV: Prime Ticket, with Vin Scully on the call

Records: Dodgers (47-38, first place NL West); Diamondbacks (40-43, third place, six games back)

Dodgers Starter: After losing four consecutive starts for the second time in his career, Chad Billingsley looks to rebound on Saturday night. Billingsley faced the Diamondbacks on May 15 at Dodger Stadium, allowing four runs in four innings in a loss.

Diamondbacks Starter: Trevor Cahill has lost his last two starts for Arizona, giving up 10 runs in 11 innings. Cahill has a 4.93 ERA in seven home starts this season.

Season Series: Dodgers lead 4-3, including winning three of five games played in Phoenix.

Last 10 Games: Dodgers 4-6; Diamondbacks 3-7

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Justin Upton Helps Rally Arizona To 5-3 Win

Clayton Kershaw had a two-run lead in the sixth inning on Friday night, but a five-run rally turned the tied, as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 5-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks to snap their three-game winning streak.

Justin Upton hit a two-run triple to give Arizona their first lead of the night, one of four consecutive hits off Kershaw in the definitive sixth frame. Up to that point, Kershaw (6-5) had allowed just one hit and one walk in five innings, with six strikeouts.

The Dodgers scored a pair of runs off Arizona starter Josh Collmenter (1-2), including Adam Kennedy's first home run of the season, but that was all. They put at least two runners on base in each of the final three innings but could only add one run.

J.J. Putz allowed two hits in the ninth inning but retired the side for his 15th save of the season.

Chad BIllingsley starts for the Dodgers on Saturday, facing Trevor Cahill for Arizona.

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Matt Kemp To Continue Minor League Rehab With Triple A Albuquerque

Los Angeles Dodgers superstar outfielder Matt Kemp continued his minor league rehab assignment on Friday night by starting in center field for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. But Friday will be Kemp's final game with Rancho Cucamonga, as he will take his show on the road to Albuquerque this weekend.

Kemp, who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a strained left hamstring, will continue his rehab with Triple A Albuquerque on Saturday and Sunday, per Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh of KLAC AM 570.

After serving as the designated hitter on Tuesday night for Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp has started the last three games in center field. He played five innings in the field on Wednesday and seven innings on Thursday.

Kemp is expected to participate in Home Run Derby on Monday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but he will not play in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. Kemp is also scheduled to be activated by the Dodgers for their game on Friday, July 13 against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

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Andre Ethier To Rehab With Class A Rancho Cucamonga

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to get their pair of two-time All-Star outfielders back on July 13, as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are both expected to return from the disabled list for the Dodgers' first game after the break. Kemp is currently playing in a minor league rehab assignment, and Ethier will do the same next week.

Ethier, who is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, will play in two minor league rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucmonga next Wednesday and Thursday, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. This was a change in thinking from earlier in the week, as manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday that Ethier likely wouldn't need to play in a rehab game before returning to the Dodgers.

Ethier suffered the oblique injury on June 27 in San Francisco on a check swing against Tim Lincecum of the Giants. He missed six games before getting placed on the disabled list on Wednesday, retroactive to June 28. Ethier was able to return to taking batting practice with the team on Wednesday.

This season, Ethier is hitting .291/.357/.491 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 75 games. He and Kemp have combined to hit 22 of the Dodgers' 48 home runs this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Friday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to extend a pair of streaks tonight as they battle the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a four-game series at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Dodgers have won three straight games, and four of their last five, while the Diamondbacks have lost six straight contests.

It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers handle their leadoff position with shortstop Dee Gordon out for six weeks after thumb surgery. Gordon has a .280 on-base percentage so his production won't be that difficult to replicate, though he was effective on the bases. Tony Gwynn Jr. starts at leadoff for the Dodgers on Friday, but with Matt Kemp coming back one week from today the top of the lineup will be an interesting game of mix-and-match for manager Don Mattingly.

Dodgers (47-37)

Gwynn CF
Ellis 2B
Abreu LF
Rivera RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Diamondbacks (39-43)

Bloomquist SS
Hill 2B
Upton RF
Kubel LF
Goldschmidt 1B
Young CF
Roberts 3B
Blanco C
Collmenter P

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Preview: Clayton Kershaw Looks For More Arizona Success

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fourth straight win on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers will send their best pitcher to the mound, as Clayton Kershaw looks to continue his success in Phoenix.

Kershaw has allowed seven earned runs, and 11 runs total, in his last eight starts against the Diamondbacks. He is 7-1 with a 1.22 ERA during that span with 17 walks and 61 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.

In his last three starts, Kershaw has a 1.71 ERA with seven walks and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings, and he was named to his second straight National League All-Star team.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Thursday behind home runs from Scott Van Slyke and Elian Herrera, which helped Nathan Eovaldi pick up his first win of the season. The Dodgers have won three of four games in Arizona this season.

Josh Collmenter has bounced back and fourth between the bullpen and the starting rotation and he will make his seventh start of the year on Friday. Since May 28, Collmenter has allowed just two runs in 21 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and six walks.

The Diamondbacks have lost six straight games.

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Matt Kemp Plays 7 Innings In Center Field In Minor League Rehab Game

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp continued his rehab assignment on Thursday night with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes as they were in San Bernardino to play the Inland Empire 66ers, an Angels affiliate.

Kemp went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout, with Angels prospect Eric Cendejas recording the punchout. "It's not going to be the last game I strike out. The guy threw me a good pitch," Kemp told Pete Alexander of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Kemp played seven innings in center field on Thursday, after playing five innings in center field on Wednesday.

In three games with Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp is 5-for-11 with a double, two runs scored, and four RBI. He will continue his rehab with the Quakes on Friday with one more game against the 66ers, followed by a pair of road games in San Jose on Saturday and Sunday.

Kemp is scheduled to take part in Home Run Derby on Monday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but will not play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Kemp is scheduled to be activated by the Dodgers on July 13, their first game after the break.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Scott Van Slyke, Elian Herrera Homer In 4-1 L.A. Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed back Mark Ellis to their starting lineup for the first time in seven weeks on Thursday night, but aside from their opening day second baseman returning the bulk of the club's 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field came from players who started the season elsewhere.

Scott Van Slyke, who opened the year in Albuquerque, homered for the Dodgers, his first since May 20. Elian Herrera, the 27-year old utility man who also began the year in Albuquerque, hit his first major league home run. Another Albuquerque product, 28-year old Luis Cruz, drove in a run in the first inning and has an RBI in each of his four games as a Dodger.

The Dodgers gave four runs of support to Nathan Eovaldi, who had seen a grand total of three runs scored with him in the game in his first seven starts of the year. Eovaldi used that support and three ground ball double plays to pitch six strong innings, allowing one run for his first win of the season.

Scott Elbert, Ronald Belisario, and Kenley Jansen retired the final nine batters of the game to close out the win, with Jansen striking out the side for his 14th save of the year.

Ellis was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in his return, his first start since May 18.

The Dodgers have now won three straight games and four of their last five, getting further and further removed from losing seven straight games last week. The Dodgers lead the National League West by a hame and a half over the Giants.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers on Friday night, facing Josh Collmenter for Arizona.

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Dee Gordon Needs Surgery To Repair UCL Tear In Right Thumb, Out Six Weeks

Even though x-rays of Dee Gordon's right thumb on Wednesday showed nothing broken, the Los Angeles Dodgers got some bad news on Thursday as an MRI showed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. The shortstop needs surgery and will be out six weeks.

Gordon jammed his right thumb under third base in the eighth inning on a stolen base Wednesday night against the Reds, on a headfirst slide. It was Gordon's major league leading 30th stolen base of the season.

"It was a weird play, a weird thing that happened, that messed up my thumb," Gordon said on Wednesday. "It felt like I hit something real hard. As soon as I got up I knew I jammed it, and when I looked at my batting gloves and it looked disfigured."

Gordon was hitting just .229/.280/.282, so in theory that shouldn't be too hard to replace, but the ones currently on the roster who will get the bulk of playing time at shortstop are a pair of career minor leaguers in 28-year old Luis Cruz and 27-year old Elian Herrera.

The Dodgers placed Gordon on the disabled list before Thursday's game in Arizona, and activated relief pitcher Javy Guerra.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Starting Lineups: Dee Gordon Out, As Expected

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win on Thursday night as they open a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Dee Gordon, one night after dislocating his right thumb while stealing third base, is out of the starting lineup, as expected.

Luis Cruz gets the nod at shortstop for the Dodgers and Elian Herrera, in left field, takes over the leadoff role on Thursday.

Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his first win of the season in his eighth start. Eovaldi is 0-5 and the Dodgers have lost all seven of his starts this season. Wade Miley starts for Arizona.

Dodgers (46-37)

Herrera LF
Ellis 2B
Hairston 3B
Rivera 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Van Slyke RF
Gwynn CF
Eovaldi P

Diamondbacks (39-42)

Parra CF
Bloomquist 3B
Upton RF
Kubel LF
Goldschmidt 1B
Montero C
Hill 2B
Drew SS
Miley P

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: Series Schedule, TV Times, Pitching Matchups

The Los Angeles Dodgers wrap up their pre-All-Star break schedule with a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix beginning Thursday night. Arizona (39-41) has lost four straight games heading into their Wednesday night game against San Diego. Here is a look at the probable pitchers and television schedule for the four-game series in Arizona.

Thursday, 6:40 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Nathan Eovaldi (0-5, 4.61 ERA) looks for his first win, but will also look for run support as the Dodgers have scored just five runs in his seven starts. Wade Miley (9-4, 2.87), who was named an All-Star, starts the series opener for the Diamondbacks.

Friday, 6:40 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 2.65) looks to head into the All-Star Game on a high note, facing Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.41), the right-hander with the straight overhand delivery for Arizona.

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

Chad Billingsley (4-8, 4.20) has lost each of his last four starts, looking for a win against Trevor Cahill (6-7, 3.63) and the Diamondbacks.

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)

Chris Capuano (9-3, 2.62) looks to become the first Dodger to win 10 games before the All-Star break since Brad Penny in 2007, facing former UCLA standout Trevor Bauer (0-1, 9.82), making his third major league start.

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