Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (6-5, 3.44) vs. Shaun Marcum, RHP (2-2, 4.06).
Dodgers: 35-26 (3rd place NL West, 1.5 GB, W1)
Blue Jays: 28-32 (4th place AL East, 11.0 GB, L3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Pirates before things got a little rocky with home runs by Xavier Nady and Jose Bautista. But for most of the game, his sinker had the Pirates playing pepper with the Dodgers infielders. Lowe walked one and struck out six after allowing only one run over the previous 13 innings.
Blue Jays: Marcum exited Sunday's start against the White Sox after just three innings due to tightness in his back. The right-hander hasn?t experienced any lingering issues and Toronto manager John Gibbons has indicated that Marcum is still scheduled to take the mound against the Dodgers. Against Chicago, Marcum gave up three runs on four hits, including four home runs, with four strikeouts and three walks. He threw 69 pitches, but said the back issue hindered his ability to follow through during his delivery. Marcum is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the Jays.
In the last four games, we have won exactly one (last night's game) by the seat of our pants (size 54 pants, but hey, we'll take it) and lost the other three poorly. In fact, two of those losses were pathetic, followed by one which was more of a horrific flair. We have two more games against a sub-.500 team before meeting the Mets and the Angels. Let's get some frickin' wins, dammit.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup:
Vote for Russ, C
Kemp, RF (he arrived to the stadium pretty late yesterday from Vegas, which was part of why he wasn't in the starting lineup then)
Hallelujah, Grady has finally seen the light. Pierre batting eighth tonight.