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Dodgers Vs. Padres Starting Lineups: Clayton Kershaw Looks To Push Dodgers Into Wild Card Spot

With a Dodger win and a loss from St. Louis Cardinals tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers can hop into the second NL Wild Card. What better person to try to ensure that of happening than Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw? The Dodgers have had a wild series against the Padres, getting two straight walk-off wins so far.

Dodgers lineup:
1. Mark Ellis 2B
2. Shane Victorino LF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Hanley Ramirez SS
6. Andre Ethier RF
7. Luis Cruz 3B
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Clayton Kershaw P

Kershaw had a stellar month of August, posting a 4-2 record while recording at least seven strikeouts in each start. His two losses were of the hard-luck variety as well. Against the Diamondbacks and the Giants, Kershaw went at least six innings and only gave up two earned runs -- only to come away with the loss both times.

Padres lineup:
1. Chris Denorfia RF
2. Logan Forsythe 2B
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Carlos Quentin LF
5. Yasmani Grandal C
6. Yonder Alonso 1B
7. Cameron Maybin CF
8. Everth Cabrera SS
9. Eric Stults P

Eric Stults has pitched the last two games without giving up an earned run, earning the win both times. The left-hander is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.45 through 10 starts this year.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue L.A. and stick with SB Nation Los Angeles. For the Padres, head to Gaslamp Ball.