DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT CLAUDIO: 50-29
Hiroki Kuroda (2-4, 3.77) vs. Chad Gaudin (4-6, 4.97).
COMMENTS: He's baaaaaaaaack! That's right — Claudio Vargas, who has been on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis as of April 6, is likely to be activated today! This is a real treat for Dodger fans, who have been looking forward to seeing what the pitcher can do in Dodger Blue after compiling a lifetime record of 46-40 for the Expos (!), Nationals, Diamondbacks, Brewers and Mets. Even Padres fans want to experience that old Claudio magic, as PETCO Park is sold out for tonight's game. There is certain to be a heavy media presence shadowing Vargas' every move. Enjoy the circus, everybody!
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