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Kershaw LXIX: Kershallow Grave

Paul is 0 for 10 since I wrote about him.

Cubs at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

  • Rafael Furcal, SS

  • Matt Kemp, CF

  • Andre Ethier, RF

  • James Loney, 1B

  • Casey Blake, 3B

  • Xavier Paul, LF

  • Russell Martin, C

  • Blake DeWitt, 2B

  • Clayton Kershaw, P

Joe Torre told reporters today ...

  • He had no news on Ronald Belisario.

  • Manny Ramirez is scheduled for a rehab game with Inland Empire on Saturday and remains on target for a July 15 return to the Dodgers.

  • AA reliever Kenley Jansen has entered the Dodgers' major-league conversation, and it won't be a surprise to see him in Los Angeles this year, though perhaps not until rosters expand in September.

In other news ...

  • Scott Elbert is back in Arizona, "playing catch," according to Dodger coach Ken Howell. No date set for his return to action.

  • Brad Ausmus began his minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday with Inland Empire. Expect to see his back back in a Dodger uniform by August.

  • Roy Oswalt bumped up the trade-valueometer today with a one-hitter against Pittsburgh. Oswalt, who walked two and struck out eight, needs to get one victory to tie Joe Niekro and two to pass him for Houston's all-time lead in pitching victories.

  • Former Angel (and perhaps surprisingly, not current Dodger) Darin Erstad has returned to his Nebraska alma mater, as a hitting coach, according to The Associated Press.

  • The notion of taking a flyer on injured former star pitchers with upside has taken a beating this year, writes Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.

  • Matt Stairs on Wednesday tied the all-time record for pinch-hit home runs, writes Greg Rosenstein of MLB.com (via Aaron Gleeman at Hardball Talk). Not counting the postseason, in case you were wondering.

  • Yes, Mike Stanton's killer three-run homer Thursday really was caught by a Dodger glove, as David Brown of Big League Stew points out. And yes, you need to watch Garret Anderson's reaction on the clip linked from there.

  • My favorite piece of trivia today: The all-time leader in Emmy nominations is now camera operator Hector Ramirez. I talked to Ramirez this morning for the Variety On the Air TV blog.

  • I hated Shallow Grave, by the way ...