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COL@LAD: Kemp exits after tweaking hamstring in third

The Dodgers beat the D-backs on Monday night playing without Matt Kemp for the first time all season, have won five in a row and still hold a sizable lead in the National League West. Can they keep it up?

They will have to do it without Kemp, who was officially placed on the disabled list Monday night with a strained left hamstring, adding to their already lengthy list of injuries. And they will start Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where Chad Billingsley will take the mound against D-backs left-hander Wade Miley.

"It says we're weathering a storm short term," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of his club's ability to win despite the injuries. "You don't want to weather storms for a long period of time. You can do it temporarily. Over the long haul, you need your guys out there."

A solid start from Billingsley would help. The right-hander was lifted after four innings against the Giants on Wednesday, when Mattingly pinch-hit for him with one out and the bases loaded. Billingsley responded by angrily slamming his bat down. To that point, he'd allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five on 85 pitches.

"I heard him slam the bat. I'm not sure if he was mad at me," Mattingly said. "At that point, he's made 85 pitches and it's a 2-1 game. We had a chance to score runs and at most he's got one more inning. Really, it was a no-brainer."

Miley, meanwhile, cruised through most of his last start Wednesday against the Cardinals but ended up taking the loss. Miley pitched four scoreless innings then gave up one run on two singles and a fielding error. The last pitch he threw went for a two-run double and ended his night.

In all, Miley threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

"I had to battle a little bit, and I didn't make pitches when I needed to," Miley said after that start.

D-backs: Upton will play through hitting woes
• Justin Upton went 1-for-4 on Monday night, raising his batting average one point to .226 on the year. In late May last year, Upton had managed a .241 batting average when manager Kirk Gibson gave him a day off to help his mindset. Upton bounced back from that point on, so Gibson was asked Monday if Upton should be given a rest for similar reasons this year.

"I asked him today," Gibson said. "He wants to play. He's very determined. He just hasn't been able to find his swing path. On and off, but not consistently. He's worked so hard he's probably got a little too much on his mind right now. ... It's probably not as natural for him right now because he's trying to make certain adjustments. ... It's just a vicious cycle sometimes."

• Shortstop Stephen Drew could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Sunday. He is scheduled to play nine innings in extended spring games Tuesday and Thursday and go through an intense session of drills Wednesday.

Dodgers: Sands, Herrera recalled as Kemp, Uribe hit DL
• With Kemp being placed on the 15-day disabled list, outfielder Jerry Sands was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night. He joined utility man Elian Herrera, who was also called up Monday when the Dodgers put third baseman Juan Uribe (left wrist soreness) on the DL.

Sands was hitting .257 with seven homers, 28 RBIs and 27 runs scored for the Isotopes. Mattingly said he was familiar with Herrera's work in the Minors as well.

"Every time he got hits," he said. "I've looked at the Minor League reports. He's played, center, right, left, second, short and third. He's been good everywhere. Manny Mota told me in the spring to get Herrera over here, that he was leading off in the Dominican and played really good."

• Kemp had played a Major League-high 399 consecutive games before missing Monday night's win over the D-backs.

Worth noting
• The Dodgers are honoring Orel Hershiser on Tuesday night, giving away bobbleheads in his likeness and having the former Dodgers right-hander throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He asked Gibson, a teammate on the 1988 World Series champion club, to catch the pitch, but Gibson declined.

"I'm a Diamondback," Gibson said. "I'm the manager of the team. I respect Orel tremendously. He knows that. It's not disrespect towards him. If I was out of baseball I would have done it, but I'm in baseball and I've got different colors on tonight and tomorrow." Comments