Hiroki Kuroda (9-10, 3.84) vs. Tim Lincecum (17-5, 2.66).
COMMENTS: This is it, folks. Game 162. The last regular-season game of the year. The Dodgers' last tune-up before they take a breather and head into the playoffs on Wednesday against an opponent yet to be determined.
Honorary manager Nomar Garciaparra and his bench coach Mark Sweeney have decided to give catcher A.J. Ellis the first start of his career, according to Diamond Leung. Note to Nomar: Pull Kuroda after three innings, please.
Giants phenom Lincecum—already the holder of the San Francisco-era single-season strikeout record and the majors' leader in strikeouts—tries to bolster his Cy Young case today. It doesn't matter that he plays for the Giants; this kid is a pleasure to watch. We're just glad his start against us today is meaningless.