Hiroki Kuroda (8-10, 3.93) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (1-2, 6.84).
COMMENTS: Kuroda has never pitched in Pittsburgh before. The Dodgers have never seen Ohlendorf before. Casey Blake's back is acting up. Andre Ethier, celebrating the birth of his child in Arizona, may not make it to Pittsburgh in time. The Pirates just swept the Cardinals. The Dodgers are trying to whittle down their magic number below 10. The Pirates have nothing for which to play. Rick Monday will inevitably be lamenting how late in the evening the Dodgers arrived from Colorado, probably making this point 84 times before the end of the evening. And Vin Scully won't be calling the game, which would save us all from at least a couple of innings of Monday. As you can tell, my expectations are low for the opening game of the four-game series with Pittsburgh--this has bad news written all over it (which, ironically enough, is a headline already being used by this D'backs fan!).