Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.16 ERA) vs. David Price (6-5, 3.36 ERA)
Baseball's hottest two teams square off in this, the first of a three-game series. The Dodgers have only ever played the Rays six times, splitting the spoils. In fact, the Rays have never visited Dodger Stadium before. With this visit, there is only one other team in MLB never to have visited another's team's Yard (Pod Rays have never played at Toronto, which most would view as fortunate).
Tonight's game features some interesting player dynamics in this series, too. Old friend James Loney makes his return to Dodger Stadium while Carl Crawford and J.P. Howell face their former team. It would be a classy move for fans attending the game to give Loney a warm welcome as he takes the field in the same way that Cardinals fans welcomed Skip Schumaker back this past week.
Dodgers enter the weekend 5.5 games ahead of the D'bags, who have a home series versus the Mets. Going to be tough to defend that lead, but fresh off the 7-1 road trip, we have plenty of momentum.
Anyone planning to be at games this weekend? Drop a comment and let us know. Yours truly will likely be out there tonight.