Vicente Padilla (3-2, 4.72) vs. Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96 ERA)
COMMENTS: From the Dodgers:
Team USA forward Landon Donovan, who recently returned from representing the United States at the World Cup in South Africa, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Soccer matches can end in a tie. Except when they can't. Baseball games can't end in a tie. But baseball series can. But only regular-season series. And so we have the Dodgers and Cubs battling it out for a Dodgers series victory or an unsatisfying series split. Meanwhile, Rafael Furcal joins Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton in representing the Dodgers in this week's All-Star Game — but before they take off down the 5, Padilla will need their help. How about an All-Star tuneup, boys?
(Update from Sax) Just like the Kuo and Furcal news, Sax is a late add to today's game; but unlike those two Dodgers, Sax will be up in the nosebleed section along with hordes of kids (literally). Come by if you want to see the folly of a man desperately trying to teach baseball to a mass of under-five kids who are more interested in cotton candy and will meltdown by the fifth inning.