Float like an Ethier, sting like a Kemp
Russell Martin, C
Matt Kemp, CF
Manny Ramirez, LF
James Loney, 1B
Garret Anderson, RF
Casey Blake, 3B
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Jamey Carroll, SS
Clayton Kershaw, P
Joe Torre told reporters this afternoon that Russell Martin feels good but will probably rest instead of starting Sunday's game, along with Casey Blake and possibly Manny Ramirez. Torre isn't worried currently about resting Matt Kemp.
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Good game between Houston and San Francisco this afternoon, one that I was able to watch with the sound down while I worked. Tim Lincecum started for the Giants and allowed a run (without a hit) in the top of the first. Roy Oswalt started for the Astros and surrendered a two-run homer to Juan Uribe in the fourth. And the score remained 2-1 until the ninth, when Brian Wilson relieved Lincecum after a 120-pitch, eight-inning effort. Houston loaded the bases on a walk, a charitable infield single and another walk, and then .378-OPSing Kazuo Matsui extended Wilson into a 15-pitch at-bat. But on his 39th pitch of the ninth, Matsui flied to left and the Giants hung on with their 159-pitch 2-1 victory.
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The hottest pitcher and hitter in the Dodger minor leagues are both with Great Lakes, at least for now. Allen Webster, born February 10, 1990, struck out 11 in six innings Friday and now has 38 in 34 1/3 innings this season (against 36 baserunners) along with a 1.57 ERA. Meanwhile, 22-year-old outfielder Jerry Sands homered again to give him 13 in 35 games, to go with a .459 on-base percentage and .813 slugging.
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Vin Scully was interviewed on San Diego radio station AM 1090 Friday, and thanks to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. ... here's the recording. The interview's interesting in that it mainly allows Scully to just talk about the current Dodgers, something he probably prefers to talking about himself.
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A warm welcome back to San Diego pitcher Kevin Correia, making his first start tonight since his 22-year-old brother Trevor's tragic death.
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Update: Looks like Andre Ethier's the one who got stung. He jammed the pinky finger in his right hand in batting practice. Garret Anderson replaced him in the starting nine, in the relatively primo No. 5 slot.