Rafael Furcal, SS
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Manny Ramirez, LF
James Loney, 1B
Casey Blake, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Clayton Kershaw, P
What a matchup we have for you tonight, sports fans. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Carpenter in caliente conditions. Lots of good hard-c sounds there.
To make room for Manny Ramirez's return from the disabled list, Reed Johnson was placed on the disabled list with back trouble, writes Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Johnson last played on July 8, so he would presumably be eligible to come off the disabled list July 24. Xavier Paul and Garret Anderson get to co-exist for a little while longer.
If the Dodgers make it through tonight's game without any injuries, it will be the second day all season that they have had a healthy top-eight starting position players, top-four starting pitchers and top-two relievers (Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo) at the same time all season. The only other time was June 28 in San Francisco, the day Chad Billingsley was activated from the DL and the day before Ramirez hurt himself in the first inning.
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James McDonald is the scheduled starter for Albuquerque on Friday, so if he's scratched from that start or only works for a couple innings, we should have our biggest hint yet about whether he'll be called up to start for the Dodgers on Monday.
The U.S. Postal service is releasing a Negro Leagues baseball series of stamps.
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Update: George Sherrill talked to David Lassen of the Press-Enterprise. Sherrill confirmed that he was placed on waivers and said he wasn't sure what would happen next.
... " If I go down and I'm doing OK, then I'm just kind of stuck. If I go down and look like I've figured it out, I could still be stuck, because you go down, and say the club rattles off like eight in a row. George who, you know?
"So you've got to make sure every T is crossed, I guess, and make sure everything is right for the club but also everything is right for me and and my family."
If he clears waivers, Sherrill will have the choice of accepting a minor-league assignment, refusing it, or declaring himself a free agent. Only in the last scenario would he forfeit the remainder of this year's $4.5 million salary.
"I've got to talk to my agent and just make sure what's what and see what options we do have," Sherrill said. "... I don't really fully understand it. That's kind of why you sort of have an agent, to protect us on stuff that we have no idea what's happening. So it's just a matter of talking to him and ironing everything out and having him talk to them and see what's what." ...