The Los Angeles Dodgers look to rebound from Monday's walk-off loss to the Florida Marlins, and will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound Tuesday night looking for a win. Then again, the Dodgers got good starting pitching Monday night, from Jon Garland, and still lost, when Jonathan Broxton blew his first save of the season. It was the latest in a series of shaky outings for Broxton, and yet might have ended with a Dodger win were it not for an error by Jamey Carroll on what would have been the final out of the game.
Kershaw is 2-2 this season with a 3.00 ERA, and has averaged 6.6 innings per start so far this season. He was one out away from a two-hit complete game in his last outing, against Atlanta, but left after 8 2/3 innings allowing three runs. The Dodgers rallied for an extra-inning win that day, but Kershaw's longest outing of the season is his only no-decision.
Kershaw is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. Chris Volstad, 1-1 with a 6.60 ERA this season, makes his fourth start of the season for the Marlins. Andre Ethier has a 22-game hitting streak for the Dodgers, tied with Joe Torre (1972) for the longest April hitting streak in baseball history. Tonight's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL.
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