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Friday, June 24, 2011

Dodgers Set to Battle Cross-Town Rivals

Angels @ Dodgers
7:10 pm
Game 1
Mike Scioscia as a Simpsons Character 
Last season the Dodgers lost 5 of 6 games to the Angels and were swept at home by the Halos. The Dodgers will drive down the freeway next month when they play in Anaheim July 1-3. Manager Mike Scioscia has a 41-25 record against his former club in his career. The Angels are 2 games under .500 and  in 3rd place in the AL West 3 games behind the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers are 8 games under .500 and 7.5 games behind Arizona and SF. The Dodgers have only won 3 games during this homestand.

Rubby De La Rosa (3-1, 4.58) will go up against the Angels for the first time in his young career. Rubby had a rough start last time out against the Astros. The Dodgers are really looking for him to step up in the 5th starter spot since Jon Garland most likely is done for the season and maybe even his career. Dan Haren (6-5, 2.96) will counter Rubby for the Angels. Haren went to Pepperdine University, and will be making his 15th start against the Dodgers. He has a 4-5 record with a with a 3.19 ERA against the Dodgers. Haren is also a pretty good hitter. Last season he hit .364 with Arizona, and has a career .225 average with 26 RBIs in 258 at-bats.

In a mind-altering tweet yesterday, The Dodgers cited that Aaron Miles is leading the NL in June with a .429 batting average...is he on some new roids we don't know about? Well, I'm not going to complain since we need all the offense we can get.

Lineup:

Gordon 6
Uribe 5
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Thames 7
Navarro 2
Carroll 4
De La Rosa 1

Matt Kemp had a live Twitter Q&A session earlier today. We learned that he likes 2Pac, likes to watch tennis, and would like to stay with the Dodgers since they were the team who drafted him and gave him the chance to play in MLB. "That's the team I want 2 b with from the beginning 2 the end." We also learned that Matt was okay with Uribe using a Rihanna song when he comes up to bat.

Go Blue:)

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