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Home Sweet Home Sort Of

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As my friend put it, our long national nightmare is over: interleague play is done. Finito! And calling interleague play is by no means an exaggeration. The Dodgers went 5-10 against the AL.

Though they were not at home, the Dodgers sure as hell played like they were at home in Arizona. They ended up driving the Diamondbacks back into the ground torching them 8-1.

The game started like the most recent Dodgers games: great pitching, inept offense. In the first five innings the Dodgers notched only two hits. That’s when Brad Penny took matters in his own hands.

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In the bottom of the sixth Penny led off with a stand-up double which ignited the offense. The Dodgers scored four runs in that inning with Russell Martin sending two home on a sliding triple.

And that was all she wrote. The Dbacks couldn’t figure out Penny who threw 104 pitches in eight complete innings. He now leads the National League in wins (10) and ERA (2.04).

Before the game, Nomar Garciapopup was seen taking infield practice at third base. From the looks of it when the Dodgers come back home on Friday, Nomar will be playing third base. Of course this means that James Loney has won the first base position outright. Loney has been hitting .429 with an OPS of 1.269 and two homers since being called up earlier this month.

I've been calling for this move since spring training. Nomar was predominately a shortstop in Boston and played over 30 games at third base in Chicago. True Nomar is injury prone, but this is better than waiting for Wilson Betemit to try and find his consistency. If Betemit isn't careful, people in LA might start mistaking him for Kwame Brown.

Now Grady needs to finally get rid of Juan Pierre and insert Matt Kemp into the outfield. Once that happens, the Dodgers stand a good chance of dominating the National League the rest of the way.

Oh and one more thing! Be sure to check out the Russell Martin piece on

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