Tonight’s lineup … and some Tomko stuff

Abreu and Kemp have been cleared to go full speed, but neither is in the lineup against Matt Cain.

SS Furcal
CF Pierre
C Martin
2B Kent
LF Gonzo
3B Nomar
1B Loney
RF Ethier
RH Billingsley

Tomko held court with us for several minutes in the clubhouse just now, admitting that the past few weeks have been “miserable.” Said he is taking Sunday’s start on its own merits, hoping he can go at least five innings, but is expecting nothing beyond that. He also said he can’t see himself in a long relief role next season for the Dodgers or any other club. As for his recent struggles, he said. “It’s pretty obvious how it has been going and how the fans have reacted. It wears on you. It hasn’t been an easy situation. I feel like I have been throwing the ball decently and just getting poor results, so it’s tough. I don’t have a defined role in the bullpen. I just get in when the situation warrants or to eat up an inning or a couple. It has been a tough month and a half.”

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