Chad Billingsley (6-1, 2.51) vs. Matt Palmer (5-0, 4.26).
COMMENTS: Strength vs. strength in today's rubber match. Billingsley was the first NL pitcher to reach six victories, while Palmer has won all five of his starts for the Angels.
Around the horn:
- Jason Schmidt was bonked on the noggin yesterday during a rehab start in Albuquerque, but got up quickly and left the field on his own. He did not require hospitalization.
- In addition to Rafael Furcal and Russell Martin, Andre Ethier will not start today's game. He split his right big toenail when John Lackey plunked his foot last night.
"I was already missing half the nail," said Ethier. "It's been a problem all year. Since Spring Training, half the nail's been dead and now the whole thing is pretty much dead. It was throbbing." Enjoy your lunch!
- Guillermo Mota: improving.
- Russell Martin: unworried.
- Joe Torre: steady.
- The kids: growing.
Today's press box "Blog Spot" occupant is Brandon from Reflections of Blue. Looking forward to your report, Brandon!
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