DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 28-21
Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.70) vs. Jason Hammel (5-3, 4.21).
COMMENTS: It's the final countdown! One last Mannyless game — and none too soon, given how ineffective the bats were last night. The Dodgers have won Kershaw's last three starts, while Hammel has won five of his last seven starts.
Speaking of fives and sevens, the Dodgers have lost five of their last seven games. A win today would make them the majors' first 50-win team; a loss would start talk about whether Manny can save them from the threat of their first three-game losing streak.
I'm in the Vin Scully Press Box today, so look for some quotage from Joe Torre and hopefully some players. I'll be looking for a chili cheese Dodger Dog (or two) in the fifth inning. Oh yeah.