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ARI@LAD: Kershaw fans 11 over seven shutout frames

Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw has owned the Giants throughout his short career. After getting off to a rough start against the Dodgers, Giants right-hander Matt Cain has similarly experienced great recent success against Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the two will face one another in the first of a two-game set at Dodger Stadium, as Kershaw (5-3, 2.75 ERA) opposes Cain (3-2, 3.22).

Through Kershaw's career, he has shown little doubt who holds the upper hand in the rivalry when he takes the mound. The 23-year-old southpaw is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA in eight games (seven starts) against San Francisco, allowing only 31 hits and striking out 54 in 50 2/3 innings. Current Giants are hitting only .229 against him, and the lefty is coming off an outing in which he threw seven shutout innings against the D-backs, bearing down and getting out of a couple of tough jams.

"I can tell ... when he turns it on, when he gets to a point to where he knows he needs to start to making pitches," Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas said. "He digs down and he did what he did tonight. When he's throwing strike one, strike two, it's going to be a long night for whoever is facing him. I think the walk to the pitcher really got to him and it was almost like, 'Enough is enough. Now it's time for me to pitch like I'm capable of pitching.'"

Cain, meanwhile, went winless in his first 14 starts against the Dodgers but has since turned things around. Cain earned his first victory against the Dodgers last Aug. 1 and has beaten them in three of his last four starts. Spanning to last season, the 26-year-old right-hander has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings against the Dodgers, most recently a six-inning gem on April 2.

Cain has thrown four straight quality starts this season, the most recent coming against Arizona on May 12, when he allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out a season-high seven.

"He's so tough. He could have come out of that game, but he wanted to stay in," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's just grown so much as a player, a pitcher. ... He just kept going out there and throwing out zeros. We're lucky to have him."

Wednesday's game also will be the first time San Francisco travels to Los Angeles after the Dodgers-Giants rivalry tragically moved away from the diamond and into the parking lot.

On Opening Day, one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports was forever changed as Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium by two men after the March 31 game in L.A. No arrests have yet been made in the case and the 42-year-old Stow -- who suffered skull and brain injuries -- is still in critical condition, but was recently moved from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to San Francisco General Hospital. There is a $200,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"We understand there are things that are going to change the atmosphere," Giants reliever Sergio Romo said of returning to Los Angeles. "We, as baseball players, still have to play baseball. Obviously, it's a rivalry. ... We don't call it a rivalry so fans can beat up each other. We call it a rivalry so we can show who's the best on the field."

Giants: DeRosa trying to regain stroke
With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, Mark DeRosa is finally getting a chance to contribute in the everyday lineup. After wrist issues limited him to only 26 games last season -- and placed him on the DL earlier this year -- DeRosa is glad to be back, but would be happier if he was producing like he feels he's capable. DeRosa is hitless in his last 22 at-bats.

"I'm late, I'm rolling over sliders, all the pretty obvious signs of being in a little funk," DeRosa said.

Bochy -- always one to stick with his veterans -- agrees but hopes the third baseman can quickly regain his stroke.

"It's a case of him getting his timing," Bochy said. "He needs to get it soon, because we're sputtering offensively."

• Second baseman Freddy Sanchez missed Tuesday's game because of swelling in his left knee that began bothering him on Monday.

Dodgers: Bullpen, Jansen throwing bullets
Los Angeles reliever Kenley Jansen owns an 8 2/3-inning scoreless streak after another spotless appearance Tuesday night.

In that span, he has held hitters to a .071 average (2-for-28) while striking out 16. The Dodgers bullpen, as a unit, has thrown 8 1/3 straight scoreless innings.

Worth noting
• Andre Ethier (22-for-44) and James Loney (14-for-39 with 10 RBIs) have had great success against Cain, but Jay Gibbons is only current Dodgers player in 193 combined at-bats to homer off the right-hander.

• San Francisco closer Brian Wilson has thrown 10 consecutive scoreless innings and is 12-for-12 in save opportunities.

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