Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (5-0, 1.39) vs. Ervin Santana, RHP (2-5, 5.51).
Dodgers: 25-16 (1st place NL West, 3.0 GA, W2)
Angels: 24-18 (1st place AL West, 3.0 GA, W2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny was solid Saturday night against the Reds, earning his fifth win of the season and lowering his Major League-leading ERA to 1.39. Penny, who retired 17 batters in row at one point in the game, allowed one run on four hits while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings. Penny was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start against the Angels last season.
Angels: Santana's puzzling struggles continued in Arlington, where he was unable to protect two leads while surrendering three homers. He was throwing comfortably in the mid-90s but without necessary movement, finishing his six innings yielding eight hits and six runs (five earned) while striking out five. Santana will be happy to be home, where he's 21-5 in his career, but the Dodgers roughed him up (five earned runs in four innings) in handing him a loss in his only career start against the L.A. rivals.
- The Dodgers enter interleague play with tonight's match against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Which Is In Orange County Thanks For Asking. The Dodgers had a day off yesterday to lament the end of Rafael Furcal's four-hit game streak (at three straight games), and to rest all those veteran knees and elbows. The Angels also had a day off as they played the .500 Seattle Mariners, vanquishing the Beltres 7-3.
- I for one am over this interleague play thing; it's so 1997. But I'm sure the Angels fans will put down their chardonnays this weekend to watch this matchup. So you'd better watch, too.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup: