Game 17: Brandon McCarthy is hurt in a slugfest.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over San Diego. (Getty Images)

True story: As I was taking the elevator up to the press box today, a man turned to a boy who could be about his son’s age and remarked that the Padres needed to win this game in order to tie the Dodgers for first place in the National League West. He was right, of course. It was a reminder that people still care about the standings in April. Sometimes I need that reminder.

My apologies, then, to that Padre-faithful family for pointing out that your beloved team will not end the weekend in first place.

The Dodgers (11-6) lead the Rockies (10-8) by a game and a half, and the Padres (10-9) by two games. They also have a starting pitcher dealing with a stiff elbow. Scott Baker starts the series finale Sunday.

Saturday’s box score is here.

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Brandon McCarthy leaves game with right elbow tightness. Update.

Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right elbow. The severity of the injury is still unknown. The Dodgers lead the game 11-7 in the eighth inning.

McCarthy has never been placed on the disabled list for an elbow injury in a major league career that began in 2005. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. The shoulder also sent him to the disabled list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In his fourth start of the season McCarthy allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs, but left in line for the victory. He called for a trainer after Justin Upton hit his final pitch for a home run in the sixth inning.

Update (10:00 p.m.): Here’s what McCarthy said after the game:
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Scott Baker will start for the Dodgers Sunday in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — Scott Baker will make his Dodgers debut Sunday against the Padres at Petco Park.

Baker comes to the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 1-1 with a 1.06 earned-run average in three starts. He arrived on the field during batting practice.

“He’s been throwing the ball well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve used a number of guys (to fill the fifth starter’s role with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list). All the guys we’ve used have been in the big leagues. They’ve got experience. Felt like they would give you a quality outing and weren’t going to be overwhelmed by that start.”

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