Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (8-6, 4.32) vs. Randy Johnson, LHP (4-2, 3.52).
Dodgers: 44-34 (3rd place NL West, 0.5 GB, L1)
Diamondbacks: 45-34 (T-1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Other than home runs in the first and seventh innings by Akinori Iwamura and Dioner Navarro, Wolf had a solid outing on Friday against the Rays. His strikeouts were back up to five and walks down to two. But the home runs were crushing as well as out of character, as he'd allowed only two in his previous nine starts. In Wolf's only start against the D-backs this year, he allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings and was the loser.
Diamondbacks: Randy Johnson will make his return from a herniated disc in his back in the series finale against the Dodgers. The big lefty will pitch with pain, but it's uncertain if it will affect him like it did last year when he recorded 5.01 ERA, the worst of his 20-year career. Johnson had been pitching his best ball of the season before his stint on the disabled list. He outdueled Boston?s Daisuke Matsuzaka June 10, allowing one run on four hits in six innings while striking out nine to move past Roger Clemens for second on the all-time strikeout list for the second time this season. He's 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his last five starts, twice giving up one hit in six shutout innings.
I posted this Game Thread (TM) early not only to prepare for the early start time, but also to deliver the news that Nomar is indeed sitting out today's game. He needs a rest, as we posted yesterday. Get some sleep, Nomar, you'll be back soon.
Meanwhile, Kemp gets the start ahead of Ethier, and Freed James Loney is batting a cool .500 for the year. The lineup (2.41p), acc to Inside the Dodgers (MLB):
Last Day To Voix Pour Le Russell, C
Loney, 1B (batting .500 on the year - 19-for-38)