PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Aaron Harang #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout after being removed in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: L.A. Loses 3rd Straight

The Dodgers were 6-12 against the Diamondbacks this season.

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Cardinals Vs. Dodgers: Josh Beckett, Lance Lynn Square Off In Game 1

Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals are in the thick of a playoff hunt, as well as being fresh off sweeps at the hands of NL West opponents. Now these two square off at Dodger Stadium looking to make up the ground they lost during the week.

Josh Beckett (1-2, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound for L.A., looking for his second-straight strong showing at home. The veteran righty gave up a solo homer along with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work en route to a 2-1 victory over Arizona back on Sept. 1. He is 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA in six starts against St. Louis, but hasn't faced them since 2005.

Lance Lynn (14-7, 4.04) gets the start for St. Louis, returning in place of the injured Jake Westbrook after being demoted to the bullpen for the past few weeks. Lynn went 0-1 with a 6.56 ERA in his last five starts before his move to the pen, though he won his first five outings of the year and was an All-Star for St. Louis.

The Dodgers are currently seven games back of the Giants in the NL West, and one back in the Wild Card race. The Cardinals are tied for the lead in the NL Wild Card.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on Prime Ticket.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Recap: L.A. Bats Silenced In 3-2 Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their offensive slump on Wednesday night, falling 3-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The loss was the third straight for the Dodgers, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Yet despite of their poor play, including two total runs in their last three games and 13 runs in their last seven contests, the Dodgers somehow are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card in the National League.

Things looked good for the Dodgers in the first inning, when Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs for a quick 2-0 lead. It snapped a string of 14 games without a first-inning run, their first score in the opening frame since August 26.

Aaron Harang held a 2-1 advantage into the sixth inning, but after two outs in the inning he allowed three consecutive runners to reach base. Two walks and an RBI single by Justin Upton tied the game, then Miguel Montero added a squib single against reliever Randy Choate to give Arizona the lead.

Trevor Cahill settled down after the first inning, and lasted seven frames for his fourth win of the season against the Dodgers. The Dodgers had just two hits after the first inning.

The Dodgers lost 12 of their 18 games against the Diamondbacks this season.

The Dodgers return home to battle the Cardinals on Thursday night, with Josh Beckett and Lance Lynn facing off on the mound in the series opener.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Starting Lineups: Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez Flip Spots In Order

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been shutout for two straight games, and look to snap out of their offensive slump on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Manager Don Mattingly has moved Matt Kemp back to hitting third, with Adrian Gonzalez now at cleanup.

Mattingly originally had Gonzalez cleanup when he came to the Dodgers on Aug. 25, but moved Kemp there when the center fielder returned from injury on Aug. 31. Mattingly explained that he wanted to create more distance between left-handed hitters Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, batting sixth, so that opposing managers couldn't use one left-handed reliever to face both, without having to also face a pair of right-handed hitters in Kemp and Hanley Ramirez.

But the Dodgers have scored just 25 runs in their last 11 games, so Mattingly switched Kemp and Gonzalez back. Here are Wednesday's starting lineups from Chase Field in Phoenix:

Dodgers (74-68)

Ellis 2B
Victorino LF
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Ellis C
Harang P

Diamondbacks (70-72)

Eaton CF
Hill 2B
Wheeler 3B
Goldschmidt 1B
Montero C
Upton RF
Parra LF
McDonald SS
Cahill P

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Clayton Kershaw Is Dodgers' Nominee For Marvin Miller Man Of The Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers have nominated pitcher Clayton Kershaw as their representative to win the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, an MLB honor "given annually to the MLB player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to high levels of achievement."

From Kershaw's profile as a nominee:

Inspired by their visits with the children of Zambia, Kershaw and wife Ellen built an orphanage for vulnerable children living in desperate conditions in Lusaka, Zambia. The orphanage, Hope's Home, is named after an HIV-positive child who is being fed and cared for on the couple's dime. Last season, they established the Kershaw's Challenge program that donates $100 for each of Kershaw's strikeouts to Arise Africa, an organization that also helps to build orphanages. Kershaw's Challenge has also partnered with Dallas and Los Angeles charities, Mercy Street and Peacock Foundation.

Fans can click here to vote for Kershaw in the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year contest. The votes will decide one winner per MLB division, and players in the league will vote between those six finalists to decide a winner. The overall winner will be announced at the Player Choice Awards.

Kershaw is 12-9 as a starting pitcher for the Dodgers this season and holds a 2.70 ERA.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Preview: L.A. In Search Of Runs In Phoenix Finale

After falling 1-0 Tuesday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to open up some offense on Wednesday to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

The Dodgers will send out Aaron Harang (9-8, 3.75) who is 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against Arizona this year. The right-hander lasted five innings against San Diego in his last outing, giving up three runs on seven hits en route to a 4-3 loss.

Arizona will counter with Trevor Cahill (10-11, 3.98 ERA), who was stellar in his last start against the Giants. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, eventually giving up two runs on two hits in 6.1 innings leading to a 6-2 victory. Cahill is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in four starts against Los Angeles, while he is 4-7 with a 5.33 ERA at Chase Field this season.

One man the Dodgers must be weary of is Miguel Montero, who is 9-17 with one home run against Harang in his career.

First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. PT with coverage on Prime Ticket and 570 Fox Sports L.A.

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NL Standings Overview: Dodgers Remain One Game Behind Cardinals For Second Wild Card

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their unexpected offensive malaise on Tuesday night, getting shutout for the second straight game in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. But despite their poor play of late, the Dodgers are still amazingly within reasonable striking distance of making the playoffs.

National League West Standings
Team W-L Pct GB
San Francisco 80-62 .564 ---
Los Angeles 74-68 .521 6

The National League West isn't officially over but it might as well be, as the Dodgers trail the San Francisco Giants by six games with 20 left to play, their largest deficit of the season.

The Giants fell behind 4-0 to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday night, but came back thanks in part to a three-run home run by starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Brandon Belt homered, doubled, and drove in four runs, helping San Francisco to a 9-8 win over the Rockies.

The Dodgers got a stellar outing from Clayton Kershaw, who allowed just one unearned run in seven innings, but the offense was shutout for the second straight game, dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker in Arizona. The Dodgers have lost 11 of 17 games to the Diamondbacks this season and are just 28-34 (.452) against the National League West this season

National League Wild Card Standings
Team W-L Pct GB
Atlanta 81-62 .566 +5½
St. Louis 75-67 .528 ---
Los Angeles 74-68 .521 1
Pittsburgh 72-69 .511
Milwaukee 71-71 .500 4
Philadelphia 71-71 .500 4

The race for the second National League wild card is becoming a game of hot potato, as neither the Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, nor Pittsburgh Pirates have played well of late. All three teams lost on Tuesday night, opening the door for talk of the now-.500 Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as postseason contenders.

The San Diego Padres tagged Adam Wainwright for five runs in six innings on Tuesday, beating the Cardinals for a second straight night, 6-4 at Petco Park. The Cardinals travel to Los Angeles for a four-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Thursday.

The Pirates lost 5-3 to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, and might be more focused on simply finishing over .500 for the first time since 1993 than making the playoffs.

Both the Phillies and Brewers won on Tuesday, pushing them to .500, just four games back of the Cardinals, and suddenly their chances of sneaking into the playoffs don't sound so crazy.

Here are Wednesday's relevant games (all times PT):

The Dodgers will likely know by the time they take the field Wednesday night whether or not they have a chance to tie St. Louis for the second wild card heading into their four-game weekend series.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Recap: Clayton Kershaw Strong, But No Offense In 1-0 Loss

Clayton Kershaw showed no ill effects from his hip injury, throwing seven strong innings, but the Los Angeles Dodgers came up on the short end of a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The Dodgers have lost 11 of 17 games to the Diamondbacks this season, and are now six games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, with 20 games to play.

Kershaw struck out five in his seven innings, and allowed just three hits and three walks on the night. The only run he allowed was unearned, and came after a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning. Paul Goldschmidt, who reached base on the error, scored one out later on a double by Miguel Montero.

Arizona tried for a 2-0 advantage when Chris Johnson flied to center field with Montero at third with one out, but Matt Kemp unleashed a strong throw home to nail Montero and end the threat.

Ian Kennedy shut down the Dodgers for the second time in 13 days, as he allowed just four hits and no runs in 7 1/3 innings. The Dodgers have been shutout in consecutive games for the third time this season.

The Dodgers had three doubles on the night, one each in the fifth, seventh, and ninth innings, but failed to score. With Shane Victorino representing the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, David Hernandez struck out Adrian Gonzalez looking to end the game.

Kennedy came close to becoming the one on the short end, as Luis Cruz hit what looked to be a two-run home run in the fifth inning, but left fielder Jason Kubel reached over the wall to rob him and keep the game scoreless at the time.

Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday, facing Trevor Cahill in their final meeting with Arizona this season.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw Return To Starting Lineup For Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers added the two best possible players they could have to their lineup on Tuesday night as they begin a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw return after brief setbacks.

Both Kemp and Kershaw received a cortisone shot and missed games in San Francisco over the weekend. Kemp missed two games with left shoulder inflammation, and an MRI showed a frayed labrum, which isn't the best news one likes to hear for the team's best hitter. Kershaw had left hip inflammation and was scratched from his Sunday start against the Giants.

Both are back for the series opener in Phoenix. Kemp bats cleanup for the Dodgers, with Kershaw on the mound against Ian Kennedy. Here are the starting lineups from Chase Field:

Dodgers (74-67)

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

Diamondbacks (69-72)

Eaton CF
Hill 2B
Kubel LF
Goldschmidt 1B
Upton RF
Montero C
Johnson 3B
McDonald SS
Kennedy P

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dee Gordon Returns From Disabled List, Dodgers Recall 2

The Los Angeles Dodgers activated shortstop Dee Gordon onto the active roster from the 60-day disabled list, and have also recalled pitcher Stephen Fife and Elian Herrera, the team announced on Tuesday.

Gordon suffered a ligament tear in his right thumb by sliding into third base on July 4 and has missed the last 57 games. Before the injury, the 24-year-old was leading Major League Baseball with 30 stolen bases. He was hitting .229 on the season with 17 RBI and a single home run.

Making way for Gordon to rejoin the active roster, infielder Adam Kennedy was sent to the 60-day disabled list with a strained right groin. The 13-year veteran was batting .262 and had 16 RBI on the year.

Los Angeles recalled Herrera and Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Herrera has played in two previous stints with Los Angeles and can play in the infield or outfield. Fife, a right hander, went 11-7 with a 4.66 ERA for the minor league club. He has started three games for the Dodgers this year and holds a 2.16 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Game Preview: Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw Hope To Play Tuesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers open up a short, two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:40 p.m. PT Tuesday night, and they are hoping to do so with some of their biggest stars in the lineup.

Matt Kemp, who has missed time as a precaution as he had an MRI done on his shoulder, expects to be back for the Dodgers on Tuesday. Clayton Kershaw is also expected to return to the mound after missing his start on Sunday with a sore hip.

Kershaw is 12-9 this season with a 2.79 ERA. He went seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits with nine strikeouts against the Padres. Kershaw's last outing against the Diamondbacks came on Aug. 30, when he gave up two runs in six innings and took the loss.

Arizona counters with right-hander Ian Kennedy. He is 12-11 with a 4.39 ERA on the season. Kennedy went 6.1 shutout innings in his last start against the Dodgers

The Dodgers enter this series one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.

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Matt Kemp Injury: Dodgers CF Plans Tuesday Lineup Return

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is hopeful that he can return to the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez.

"I pray to God I'll be back," Kemp said.

Kemp had a contrast MRI on his shoulder on Saturday and dye injected into it. At least a couple of days would be needed to recover from that. With the Dodger off on Monday, Kemp has more time for a return. Kemp just wants to give the treatment he's received -- which included a cortisone injection to treat the inflammation in his shoulder - time to work.

Kemp hurt his knee running into the wall on Aug. 28. His injury-plagued season has limited him to only 85 of 141 games.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage from the Dodgers vs. Giants series. For all things Dodgers, check out True Blue LA. For the Giants perspective, head over to McCovey Chronicles.

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