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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their road trip on Friday in Georgia, where they open a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Here are the pitching probables, the series schedule, and the television schedule for the weekend series.
Friday, 4:35 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)
Chris Capuano (11-8, 3.11 ERA) pitched eight scoreless innings in his last start and has given up just two runs in 15 innings in his last two starts. Tommy Hanson (12-5, 4.29) looks for his 13th win of the season in the series opener.
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket, MLB Network)
Sunday: 10:35 a.m. PDT (KCAL, TBS)
It was a rough day for Dodgers pitcher Joe Blanton, who in his third start for Los Angeles, allowed eight earned runs over 4-1/3 innings. Blanton allowed seven hits, including two three-run home runs by Garrett Jones. Jones took Blanton deep in the first inning then again in the fifth inning. He finished the day 2-3 with six RBI.
The Dodgers played much of the game without centerfielder Matt Kemp and manager Don Mattingly. Both were ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. With Andre Ethier batting, Kemp was thrown out of the game from the dugout for yelling at home-plate umpire Angel Campos. Kemp wen't out on the field to argue and had to be restrained by Mattingly.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Dodgers battled back and took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The lead didn't last long as Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the fourth then took an 8-4 lead in the fifth inning. James Loney and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs for the Dodgers, it was Ramirez' second home run in a Dodger uniform after being acquired on July 25.
The Dodgers will travel to Atlanta to begin a three game series with the Braves starting Friday at 4:35 p.m. PT.
The Dodgers acquired Blanton on August 3 after claiming him off waivers from the Phillies. Blanton is 0-1 in two starts so far with the Dodgers, and he starts their series finale on Thursday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Blanton leads the major leagues with just 1.31 walks per nine innings.
O'Sullivan was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. he signed on August 16, 2011, which made Thursday the first day he was eligible to be dealt, as drafted players have to be with their team for at least one year. O'Sullivan, 21, was 8-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 29 games, including nine starts, with Class A Great Lakes and advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to complete their season sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a Thursday afternoon battle at PNC Park. The odd 4 p.m. local start in Pittsburgh gives us a 1 p.m. start in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers have won four straight games and are 5-1 to start their 10-game road trip, and send Joe Blanton to the mound in the series finale, looking for his first win as a Dodger. The Pirates will have A.J. Burnett on the hill, after moving him up to start on four days rest.
Here are the starting lineups for the series finale from PNC Park:
Blanton (8-10, 4.61) is making just his third start for L.A, after coming over from the Phillies at the July 31 trade deadline. He got roughed up in his last start, lasting just five innings while allowing four earned runs with three strikeouts.
The Pirates will send out A.J. Burnett (14-4, 3.32), who has excelled this year. He won four starts in a row until his last outing, taking the loss after 5 2/3 innings of five-run ball.
The Dodgers have won nine consecutive games against the Pirates, including winning all six of their meetings this year. Thursday will be their final meeting of year. Los Angeles is 7-0 in the state of Pennsylvania this season (4-0 in Philadelphia June 4-7), and 12-1 in games played in Eastern time zone.
The first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on Fox Sports West.
For more on the Dodgers, make sure to check out True Blue LA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Their 9-3 win at PNC Park was the ninth straight win by the Dodgers against the Pirates and moved Los Angeles into sole possession of first place in the National League West for the first time since July 13.
Shane Victorino scored two runs and had three hits, including a double, to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Andre Ethier added three singles of his own, and Matt Kemp drove in three runs, including a two-run double.
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double of his own, and has 21 RBI in 20 games with the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw appreciated the support and pitched eight strong innings for his fourth straight win and 11th victory of the season. Kershaw allowed six hits and three runs, but he didn't walk a batter and struck out eight on the night.
Andrew McCutchen, the National League's leading hitter at .358, hit his 24th home run of the season in defeat for Pittsburgh.
After winning the first two games of their four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers will go for the series win Wednesday. Los Angeles has won three straight games overall and five of their last six.
The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound Wednesday. He has a 10-6 record on the season, including wins in his last three starts. It will be the second time Kershaw has faced the Pirates this season. He won his first start against Pittsburgh, allowing one earned run over seven innings while striking out seven.
Pittsburgh will counter with Wandy Rodriguez. It will be the second time the Dodgers have seen Rodriguez this season, but the first since he was traded from Houston to Pittsburgh. Rodriguez pitched well the first time he faced Los Angeles, shutting out the Dodgers over seven innings.
The Dodgers got off to a good start to the series, winning the first game 5-4 on Monday before cruising to an 11-0 win Tuesday. First pitch for Wednesday's game three is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had success at PNC Park since it opened in 2001, and Tuesday night was no different. Chad Billingsley pitched eight scoreless innings, and the offense exploded for an 11-0 win, the third straight victory of the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have beaten the Pirates eight straight times, dating back to last season. The Dodgers are 30-13 all-time at PNC Park.
Luis Cruz matched a career high with three hits and three runs batted in, which was more than enough support for Billingsley, who won his fifth straight start.
Billingsley struck out five and walked one in his eight scoreless innings, which evened his record at 9-9 on the season. Billingsley allowed five hits, and has a 1.56 ERA in his five starts since returning from the disabled list.
Hanley Ramirez added three hits, two runs scored, and two RBI, driven in with a double in a five-run ninth that turned the game into a blowout. Matt Kemp went 2-for-4, both infield singles, for his fifth multi-hit game in his last six games.
Uribe had been dreadful this season, hitting just .191/.248/.289 in 57 games, and for the last month he has basically been forgotten. Uribe had appeared in just five of the Dodgers' last 20 games, with just five plate appearances during that span. He hasn't even been hurt, and he was below 28-year old minor league journeyman Luis Cruz on the depth chart.
This is Uribe's first start since July 22. Here are Tuesday's starting lineups from PNC Park.
Chad Billingsley has done many things in his career, but winning five starts in a row isn't one of them. Tonight, Billingsley takes the mound against the still-surprising Pittsburgh Pirates looking for that elusive fifth straight win. History is on Billingsley's side as the Dodgers have beaten the Pirates seven-straight times dating back to last season. Even more encouraging, LA is in the seemingly comfortable confines of PNC Park, where they have gone 29-13 all time.
The Dodgers captured the opening game of the series 5-4 on Monday night, behind a home run and three runs batted in from Shane Victorino.
Opposing Billingsley will be right-hander Kevin Correia. In his last nine starts, Correia is 7-0 despite a 4.56 ERA. Currently the Bucs are five-games back from Cincinnati in the Central; however, they are tied with Atlanta for the two Wild Card spots.
The Dodgers will need to Billingsley to bring his best as they continue to battle the San Fransisco Giants for the NL West crown. LA beat the Bucs 5-4 on Monday night, and with a little help from the Washington Nationals pummeling the Giants 14-2, SF and LA are now tied atop the division.
Game time is 4:05 p.m. PDT and will be televised locally on KCAL.
Shane Victorino hit his first home run as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, part of a big night as he led his new team to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at PNC Park. Victorino also doubled and drove in three runs, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
Matt Kemp also had two hits for the Dodgers, driving in one, extending his hitting streak to five games.
Shane Victorino is punishing the Pirates for poor pitch placement today, driving home three of the Dodgers four runs - including a two-run home run and a double.
Aaron Harang is pitching a respectable, yet somewhat shaky game, giving up five hits and three walks for two runs. He has struck out four Pirates.
Victorino got the party started by driving a double to right field in the 3rd inning, scoring A.J. Ellis. He then continued the fun in the 5th with a two run homerun off of Jeff Karstens. It was the 10th home run of Victorino's season, and his first in a Dodgers uniform.
Matt Kemp also singled home a run in the third inning to make it 2-0 Dodgers, but the Pirates countered back in the bottom of the third as Garrett Jones hit a two run double off of Harang.
Javy Guerra is starting to pitch the seventh inning for the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed super utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list on Monday with left hip inflammation. Hairston aggravated the injury on Saturday, when he left the game in Miami with tightness in his left hip.
The Dodgers recalled Elian Herrera from Triple A Albuquerque to take Hairston's place on the roster.
Hairston has hit .273/.342/.387 in 80 games this season, and he has started games at third base, second base, and left field this season. Hairston has also played four innings at shortstop and one inning at first base this year. This is his second time on the disabled list this season, as he also missed time in May with a left hamstring strain.
Herrera hit .243/.326/.331 in 51 games for the Dodgers this season, and the 27-year old started games at third base, second base, left field, center field, and right field. In addition, Herrera played three innings at shortstop.
There are three games to play in the series before then, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will face a different pitcher in their series finale, as the Pittsburgh Pirates will start A.J. Burnett on Thursday afternoon. Burnett replaces James McDonald, who will instead start Friday for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have been using a six-man rotation of late, and moving Burnett to Thursday allows him to pitch on regular four days rest. Burnett has been the Pirates' best pitcher this year at 14-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 starts.
Joe Blanton starts for the Dodgers on Thursday.
McDonald, the two-time minor league player of the year in the Dodgers organization who was traded to Pittsburgh in 2010, has been stellar this season at 10-5 with a 3.77 ERA, though he has allowed 30 runs in 31 innings since the All-Star break.
Manager Clint Hurdle said the day off would allow McDonald to have an extra side session with pitching coach (and a fellow former Dodger) Ray Searage, per Kristy Robinson of PiratesProspects.com.
The Dodgers (62-53) are two and a half games out of the second wild card spot, which currently belongs to the Pirates. Wins for L.A. not only bring them closer to the Pirates, but could elevate them in the race for the NL West title.
Pittsburgh (64-50) keeps proving they are for real, but this series should show that in a big way. The Dodgers swept a three-game series with the Pirates in April when L.A. was at its best; since then the Dodgers have added some offensive and pitching help.
The Pirates didn't make a big splash at the trade deadline, though they did acquire former All-Star Gaby Sanchez from the Miami Marlins. The Bucs do have MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, however, and seem to have found a new young star in the aptly-named Starling Marte.
This series is a golden opportunity for the Dodgers to show they will contend. It could go a long way in determining the outcome of the season, which is strange to say given that a Dodgers / Pirates series hasn't mattered in years.
The Los Angeles Dodgers open a crucial four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at PNC Park, and their lineup on Monday is without Jerry Hairston Jr., who suffered an injury on Saturday.
Hairston hasn't been used as an everyday player so normally his absence from the lineup wouldn't be a concern, but he left Saturday's game in Miami with left hip tightness. Monday marks the second straight game he is out of the lineup, after starting four straight games at third base.
Adam Kennedy start at third base for the Dodgers on Monday night. Here are the starting lineups at PNC Park.
Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig is being promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers' high-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez.
The 21-year-old signed a seven-year, $42 million contract on June 29. Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, Puig and Jorge Soler - who signed for $30 million with the Chicago Cubs - were technically the last two free market signees before changes took effect on July 1 in terms of the cap on international signings.
Here is what assistant general manager and head of scouting Logan White said about Yasiel after he was signed:
"Yasiel is a fantastic kid with an infectious personality and we think he has the tools to be a front line player in the Major Leagues," White said. "He is very physical and athletic with raw power...he can hit it a long way. On top of that, he has a good arm and is an above average runner. We had a great team of people that worked to this done and I'm proud of our staff."
Puig hit three triples and four home runs in nine games in the rookie level Arizona League.
For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win on Monday night as they open a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Dodgers are not only battling for the National League West, but also have Pittsburgh to contend with for the second wild card spot.
The Dodgers (62-53) begin play Monday one game behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, but also tied with the St. Louis Cardinals, two and a half games behind the Pirates (64-50) for the second wild card spot.
Pittsburgh is 3-4 on their current 11-game homestand, having split a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and lost two of three games to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers began their 10-game road trip by winning two of three games in Miami against the Marlins.
Aaron Harang gets the start in the series opener for the Dodgers, looking for his ninth quality start in his last 13 outings. Though he has just one win in his last five starts, with a 4.75 ERA, 15 walks, and 22 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.
|2012 Dodgers vs. Pirates|
|Apr 10:||LA 2, Pittsburgh 1|
|Apr 11:||LA 4, Pittsburgh 1|
|Apr 12:||LA 3, Pittsburgh 2|
Andrew McCutchen is having an MVP-type season for the Pirates, hitting .362 with 23 home runs while patrolling center field, but he's not alone. Second baseman Neil Walker, who on Sunday had his second five-hit game of the last five weeks, is hitting .348/.405/.659 with 11 doubles and 10 home runs in 36 games since July 1. The 25-year old McCutchen and the 26-year old Walker were joined recently by the 23-year old Starling Marte, who homered on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. Marte is hitting .268/.303/.493 with two triples and four home runs in 17 games.
Jeff Karstens gets the start for the Pirates on Monday, looking to win his fifth straight decision. In his last seven starts, dating back to June 30, Karstens is 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA, with 11 walks and 37 strikeouts in 45 innings.
The Dodgers swept the Pirates in their second series of the season, from April 10-12 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers only scored nine runs in the three games, but they only gave up four.
Hanley Ramirez had two hits on Sunday against the Marlins, driving in three runs, part of a happy return to Miami for the shortstop. Ramirez hit .462 (6-for-13) with five RBI during the three game series and so far as a Dodger has at least one hit in all eight road games as a Dodger.
The Dodgers are 28-13 all-time at PNC Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their 10-game road trip with a weekend series win in Miami against the Marlins, and now move on to Pittsburgh for four games against the Pirates at PNC Park. Here is a look at the series schedule and probable pitching matchups against the team leading the race for the second wild card.
Monday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)
Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (KCAL)
Chad Billingsley (8-9, 3.84) looks to win a fifth straight start for the first time in his career, while Kevin Correia (9-6, 4.49) gets a second spot start as the Pirates continue temporarily with a six-man rotation.
Wednesday, 4:05 p.m. PDT (KCAL)
After allowing just three runs in his last three starts, Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.88) looks for a fourth straight win in the third game of the series. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 3.91) starts for the Pirates, looking for his first win in four starts with Pittsburgh.
Thursday, 1:05 p.m. PDT (Prime Ticket)
Joe Blanton (8-10, 4.61) makes his third start as a Dodger, searching for his first win. Old friend James McDonald (10-5, 3.77), who was absolutely stolen by the Pirates from the Dodgers at the trade deadline in 2010 (for reliever Octavio Dotel), looks to regain his first half form in the series finale, at an odd 4:05 p.m. local start time.
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