While Saturday's 10-0 blowout loss might be freshest in their mind, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to win their opening four-game series with the San Francisco Giants, as the two rivals do battle tonight at Dodger Stadium on ESPN2. Hiroki Kuroda makes his first start of the year for the Dodgers, while the Giants will counter with Barry Zito.
Kuroda had the finest of his three major league seasons in 2010, putting up a 3.39 ERA in 196 2/3 innings, and had a career high with 159 strikeouts. In his last six starts against the Giants, Kuroda has a 2.27 ERA. Barry Zito has a sore neck from getting into a car accident on Wednesday night in West Hollywood, but he is expected to make his start tonight. Zito put up a 2.41 ERA in a whopping six starts against the Dodgers last season, but didn't have a win to show for it thanks to poor run support (seven runs in six games).
The Dodgers have struggled offensively in the first three games of this series, scoring a total of six runs. The Dodgers are hitting just .240/.295/.271 after three games with three doubles and seven walks. Juan Uribe is expected to play tonight after missing two games with a sore left elbow, which was hit by a pitch in Thursday's game.
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