Dodgers start Hong-Chih Kuo, LHP (1-2, 6.65) vs. Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-8, 7.85).
Dodgers: 42-32 (3rd place NL West, 0.5 GB (of SD and AZ), L1)
Devil Rays: 32-40 (4th place AL East, 14.5 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In Toronto on Wednesday, Kuo followed one of the best games of his brief career with his worst, allowing eight runs without being able to get out of the second inning. When he wasn't wild high, he was grooving pitches to Frank Thomas, who slugged a grand slam and a double in the same inning. Kuo was throwing 90-mph fastballs, or one might have thought there was something physically wrong.
Devil Rays: Jackson recovered well from a poor outing by going 4 2/3 innings in his last start against the Diamondbacks, before having to leave the game one strike away from going the necessary five innings to possibly earn his first win of the season. But the right-hander suffered cramping and fatigue in his right index finger tendon. Jackson is listed as day-to-day. If he can't go, the Rays may likely insert right-hander Jason Hammel in the slot.
- First place, we hardly knew ye. We're now back in third place behind SD (who plays Boston) and AZ (who plays Baltimore). Since we drew at least as easy a card as Arizona, could we at least get a win today and win the series?
- Giving up a home run to Dioner Navarro, who raised his average to .172 with the homerun, is positively embarrassing. Voix Pour Le Russell, get angry, and get revenge today.
From Inside the Dodgers: