The Dodgers look to head into the All-Star break with a fourth straight win on Sunday afternoon against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. In addition, the Dodgers are seeking their fourth straight shutout, something they haven't done since September 9-11, 1966, when the Dodgers blanked Houston four times. Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, opposed by Tim Stauffer.
Lilly has struggled this season, with a 5-9 record and a 4.94 ERA, though he was hampered in late June with elbow tenderness. Lilly was unable to throw a bullpen session in between starts for about three weeks, and the Dodgers pushed his last start back a day to have him refine some things. He was able to throw a bullpen session last Saturday in Anaheim, then allowed three runs in six innings in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday. Lilly has lost his last four starts.
Dodger Stadium has felt like the 1960s in the first two games of this weekend series with San Diego, as both games resulted in 1-0 Dodger wins. The Dodgers last five victories, spanning 12 games, have all come via shutout. The Dodgers are 5-3 against the Padres this season.
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