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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.

Manny update

Manny Ramirez worked out at Dodger Stadium this morning but did not stay to address the media in the afternoon. Ramirez still hasn’t talked publicly since his 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. Who knows when or how much he’ll even say, but he has yet to face the music.

Kershaw the safety net

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.

Kuo update

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.”

Dodgers light up Coors Field, 16-6

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 returns to Dodger Stadium

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.

Dodgers sweep Mets

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.

News and notes as the Dodgers host the Mets

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.