SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 29: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Giants: Clayton Kershaw Out With Hip Injury, L.A. Loses

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start Tuesday in Arizona.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Recap: San Francisco Wins 4-0, Takes Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't playing like a team with a sense of urgency to win and get in the postseason. Not after a 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants Sunday night that ended a three-game series in which they dropped two of three games.

Dodgers starter Joe Blanton, pressed into service with Clayton Kershaw ruled out due to a hip injury, didn't make it out of the sixth inning and allowed all four runs, and the Dodgers couldn't get to Giants starter Barry Zito. The Dodgers managed just five hits, going another day without Matt Kemp, who remains out with a sore shoulder.

The good news is that Kershaw and Kemp might both be back in time for Tuesday's game in Arizona, where the Dodgers head to next for two games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bad news is that the Dodgers went back to 1 1/2 games out of the last NL wild card spot, and have lost four of their last five games.

Meanwhile, the Giants are back up in the division by 5 1/2 games.

For all things Dodgers, check out True Blue LA. For the Giants perspective, head over to McCovey Chronicles.


Dodgers Recall OF/2B Alex Castellanos From Triple-A

The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled OF/2B Alex Castellanos from Triple-A Albuquerque Friday afternoon, according to team sources.

Castellanos made his major league debut earlier this season on May 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers. This is his third stint with the team, and he's hit .136 (3-for-22) with two RBI in his 12 previous appearances.

The 26-year-old was acquired in the deal that sent shortstop Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Castellanos has batted .328 with 25 doubles, 17 homers and 52 RBI in 94 games with the Isotopes in Triple-A this season.

It's doubtful that Castellanos sees major action in this weekend's make-or-break series with the San Francisco Giants, but it's possible that he sees a pinch-hit appearance or two. It's worth noting that Castellanos has yet to have an at-bat against a single Giants pitcher in his career in Dodger Blue.

For more information on Dodgers baseball, head on over to True Blue L.A.

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