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Lilly, Dodgers Open Weekend Series With Diamondbacks

The Dodgers open a three-game series Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. The question is, with the trade deadline coming Sunday afternoon, which Dodgers won't be here by the time the series ends. Hiroki Kuroda is the big prize, though he has a no-trade clause and might stay, but infielders Jamey Carroll and Rafael Furcal are candidates to be moved.

Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for a solid outing. In his last seven starts, Lilly is 1-5 and has given up 32 runs in 37 1/3 innings. He has made two starts against Arizona this season, and has allowed four runs in each game, both losses.

Josh Collmenter is 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA in his rookie season. The 25-year old with a funky delivery had a John Ely-type start this season, and in fact was even better, with a 1.12 ERA as late as June 9. Collmenter then came crashing back to Earth with a four-game losing streak, during which he allowed 19 runs in 22 2/3 innings. His first major league start was at Dodger Stadium on May 14. Collmenter pitched six scoreless innings for the win, while Chad Billingsley allowed one hit, and one run, for the loss.

The Dodgers have lost four of six to Arizona this season.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.