Clayton Kershaw is being used as a safety net tonight. If Hiroki Kuroda – who’s already pitched three innings – has a short outing, Kershaw will come in for relief but only to start an inning. If Kershaw doesn’t pitch, he’ll start Thursday. If Kershaw pitches tonight, his start will be delayed until Friday.
Hong-Chih Kuo was at Dodger Stadium earlier today, but things aren’t going well.
“His biggest issue is his inability to find one release point,” Joe Torre said. “He has no command right now. He’ll warm up and then whatever it is, after that he can’t find his release point. It’s ideal for a pitcher to do that to get in a rhythm.”
The Dodgers blasted the Colorado Rockies 16-6 today. The Dodgers scored seven runs in the fourth inning and eight runs in the seventh inning. Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Juan Castro all had three hits. Eric Stults, who returned from a thumb injury, struggled, allowing four earned runs and walking SEVEN in 4 1/3 innings. The Dodgers have won nine of their last 12 games and still have the best record in baseball at 31-15.
Manny Ramirez returned to Dodger Stadium on Monday – away from the Dodgers and bright lights – and worked out, according to mlb.com. The Dodgers were on the road in Colorado when Ramirez worked out. It was the first time he has worked out at Dodger Stadium since May 7, when he was suspended 50 games for failing a drug test.
Many of the Dodgers will participate in the Dodgers charity golf tournament today. Matt Kemp and Orlando Hudson were going to try to get to tonight’s Lakers games.
The Dodgers got an RBI-single from Russell Martin in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 2-1 and complete a three-game sweep. Jeff Weaver started and rookie Brent Leach got his first major-league win. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 29-13 and extended their NL West lead over San Francisco to 8 1/2 games.
Chad Billingsley improved to 6-1 as the Dodgers beat the Mets 5-3 tonight. Casey Blake hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off John Maine in the sixth inning. The Dodgers still have the best record in baseball at 28-13.
The Dodgers capitalized on five Mets errors, including two in the 11th inning, and won, 3-2. Randy Wolf pitched a fine game, but wasn’t involved in the decision. Here’s our storyin the Daily News.
Manny Ramirez did not return to Dodger Stadium today. He apologized to his teammates on the road in Florida last week but is expected to rejoin his teammates to work out and also address the media at some point. Hiroki Kuroda threw 45 pitches in a simulated game, and he said he felt as good as he did before he got hurt. Joe Torre said that he’s likely to have a rehab start this weekend, and Torre would like for him to have at least two rehab appearances before he returns to the Dodgers. Casey Blake (hamstring) was scratched from the lineup tonight. Juan Castro will start at third. Torre said Blake would probably be available tonight. Eric Stults (sprained thumb) is 50-50 to make his start Wednesday. If he can’t pitch, Jeff Weaver will take his spot on Wednesday.
Mario Lopez is throwing out the first pitch tonight.
Chan Ho Park had his first win for Philadephia and Jayson Werth stole home as the Phillies won 5-3 today. The Dodgers have lost four of five games since Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs. Also, Ramirez still has not joined the team and spokent to his teammates, despite everyone from owner Frank McCourt to manager Joe Torre saying he needed to do that.