Brad Penny (3-2) vs. Mark Redman (2-1).
COMMENTS: After last night's 13-inning exhibition game between the Las Vegas 51s and Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Dodgers and Rockies hope to play a major league game tonight.
That gaffe-palooza may force Joe Torre to quit lineup juggling and field his best available team, with Nomar Garciaparra, favorite of fans and physical therapists alike, again headed to the DL and Blake DeWitt eligible to replace him. Additionally, Andruw Jones is day-to-day with a bruised calf, meaning tonight's outfield will likely be Andre Ethier, Juan Pierre (1-for-3 with two RBIs last night) and Matt Kemp.
Russell Martin, presumably resuming his catching duties, is heating up like a sidewalk egg (.276/.411/.408) while Rafael Furcal (.366/.459/.602) is the straw that stirs the drink (apologies to Reggie and Darryl).
The Dodgers' pitching continues to provide mixed results, with Hiroki Kuroda turning in a disappointing start but Chan Ho Park earning the win with three scoreless innings. Takashi Saito, who we prematurely declared was back to his 2007 form, suffered his second blown save of the season and apparently isn't over his spring training injuries. Jonathan Broxton, with three holds and a 2.53 ERA, may be the closer before long.
With Brad Penny owning the Rockies (12-2 with a 2.92 ERA lifetime), tonight's game is eminently winnable if the Dodgers can knock out Rockies starter Mark Redman early and get to the soft, gooey underbelly of the Colorado bullpen.
Jones in at the expense of Ethier. Didn't expect that.