It was speculated that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp would replace Carlos Beltran on the NL All-Star roster, but it turns out that Phillies right fielder (and former Dodger) Jayson Werth will be in St. Louis instead. Werth has hit homers in his last four games and evidently proved his all-star worth to Phillies — and NL — manager Charlie Manuel. All three Philadelphia starting outfielders will be All-Stars.
This means that barring a last-minute injury replacement, the Dodgers will have only one position player in St. Louis: second baseman Orlando Hudson. Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton will accompany the O-Dog as well.
The Dodgers defeated the Mets 11-2 tonight at Citi Field. For a full recap and boxscore click here
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
The Dodgers ended any suspense by jumping on Mets starter Livan Hernandez for four runs in the top of the first, the big blow coming on a three-run double by Orlando Hudson.
Rafael Furcal, a noted Mets killer in his Atlanta days, feasted on some New York cooking with three hits and three runs scored.
Manny Ramirez added two hits and two RBIs.
Randy Wolf wasn’t as sharp as usual, but after struggling a bit early he settled own with the lead and gave the Dodgers 6.1 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits.
The Dodgers got 2.2 more innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen, this time from James McDonald and Claudio Vargas.
Matt Kemp had three hits and is now batting .319 on the year.
The Dodgers open a three-game series in Milwaukee sending RHP Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.14) vs. RHP Braden Looper (7-4, 4.78)
Manny, Orlando Hudson out of the lineup for today’s day game. Hudson is one of the Dodgers’ three All-Stars, as named today. Jonathan Broxton and Chad Billingsley also make the list, and Matt Kemp still has a shot to get in with the final vote or as a replacement for the likely-to-bow-out Carlos Beltran. Find out how to vote here.
Rubber game today.
A. Gonzalez, 1B
E. Gonzalez, RF
E. Cabrera, SS