Hiroki Kuroda (1-2) vs. Burke Badenhop (0-2).
COMMENTS: Top of the morning, sleepyheads! Okay, so Andruw Jones' corpse failed to re-animate on schedule (he went 0-for-3 with two walks yesterday). But everything else went swimmingly for the Dodgers, thankyouverymuch! Chad Billingsley shook off his fifth-inning blues, striking out eight for a well-deserved first win, while Rafael Furcal had five hits and Matt Kemp, James Loney and Blake DeWitt combined for ten RBIs as the Dodgers romped to a 13-1 victory—the tenth time this season they have scored seven or more runs in a game.
Joe Torre's primary goal of reaching .500 has been exceeded. "Now, we have to think of five over," he said. Baby steps, I like it. Kuroda, coming off perhaps his worst start against the Rockies, looks to rebound today against the pitcher with a soap opera name, Burke Badenhop, who has an 8.36 ERA. Torre has indicated he plans to start Mark Sweeney at first base, allowing Sweeney to shake off his rust instead of getting a tetanus shot. As for the rest of the squad (sans Andruw), they should just keep taking what they're taking.
photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers