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Dodger Stadium Alone

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The Dodgers will hope some kind of wonderful happens tonight as they face former Dodger ace and current Atlanta Braves starter Derek Lowe.

"He was a horse," manager Torre said of Lowe. "I really enjoyed the time he was here because he was a good teammate for these guys."

Lowe comes into the game by plane (not train or automobile) with a 4.21 ERA and 11 wins. He got a win against the Dodgers on Saturday in Atlanta when he gave up three runs on five hits in six innings pitched. In his last five games, Lowe has been sitting pretty in pink with a 3.00 ERA and a 4-0 record. Batters are hitting .265 against him in that span.

As for the Dodgers they have flubber-ed seven of their last 11 games although you can't fault their hitting. They have gotten less than 10 hits only three times in that span.

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“We’re playing hard,” Torre said. “We came within a whisker of tying or winning a game the other night, and last night we just ran into a guy who pitched really well.”

Despite that Uncle Torre gathered the players for a meeting in the breakfast club house before the game.

“I just had something I needed to say,” Torre said. “It really didn’t have to do with the way we’re playing at all. When I feel like I have something to say, at my age, I want to make sure I say it before I forget about it.”

As for the incident Tuesday night involving reliever Guillermo Mota and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, both players were fined an undisclosed amount blowing out those sixteen candles from that incident.

“I got fined, I’ll pay it,” Mota said. “That’s it. I don’t want to appeal. It’s okay. It’s over.”

Randy Wolf will be taking the mound against the Braves. He currently has a 3.47 ERA the best since posting 3.20 in 2002. However he got the loss against Lowe giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits in six innings pitched.

It’s Matt Kemp’s day off, so Juan Pierre will be playing in centerfield and batting ninth.

Here are the lineups:

Atlanta Braves

  1. Nate McLouth, CF
  2. Martin Prado, 2B
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Yunel Escobar, SS
  6. Garret Anderson, LF
  7. Matt Diaz, RF
  8. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  9. Derek Lowe, P

LA Dodgers

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  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Andre Ethier, RF
  3. Manny Ramirez , LF
  4. Casey Blake, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  8. Randy Wolf, P
  9. Juan Pierre, CF

RIP John Hughes.