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Brady Penny made his first start of the season yesterday, and while he wasn't exactly Christy Matthewson, he wasn't bad either. Pitching on a cold day in Pitcher's Hell Park, Colorado, Penny showed first inning rust by surrendering up a 2-run home run. But he settled down and wound up allowing four runs in five innings. Penny's fastball was down just a little, but what can you expect from a guy make his first real start at Coors Field?

The point is that Brad Penny is back, healthy, and he's only going to get better. His presence takes a major strain off the rotation, meaning no more silly Elmer Dessens starts. The Dodgers have played extremely well without Penny and Eric Gagne, so imagine how good they'll as they come back? Both are ace performers that will undoubtedly allow the team to continue winning games as other players retreat back towards their averages. We're excited.