08/10/08 10:13 PM ET
Broxton back, Park in doubt vs. Phillies
Los Angeles (58-59) vs. Philadelphia (64-53), Mon., 7:10 p.m. PT
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Back-to-back losses and back-to-back blown saves for the bullpen, Jonathan Broxton the victim on Saturday and Hong-Chih Kuo on Sunday with two unearned runs.
Broxton was ordered to take a breather Sunday after pitching three consecutive games, only one week after missing a game because his arm was weary following six consecutive days of warm-ups or appearances. Chan Ho Park, who pitched 2 1/3 innings Friday but did not appear Saturday, wasn't used either.
Manager Joe Torre said Broxton would resume his closer role Monday night when the first-place Phillies come to town for a four-game series, but there was no indication whether Park would be available.
Torre also indicated that Andre Ethier will remain in the starting outfield along with Matt Kemp in center and Manny Ramirez in left. Torre said Andruw Jones' surgically repaired right knee is tender again and his availability even as a defensive replacement is day-to-day.
Meanwhile, Juan Pierre is really the odd man out. Although Torre initially indicated after the acquistion of Ramirez that Pierre would get the bulk of playing time ahead of Ethier, it hasn't worked out that way. Ethier came into Sunday's game 11-for-19 lifetime against Matt Cain, then went 2-for-3 against him with a triple, RBI and two runs scored.
"He's seeing the ball really well right now and he has a little more pop [than Pierre]," Torre said. "As long as he looks comfortable, it's easy to watch right now."
Since Ramirez's arrival, Ethier has started four games (6-for-19), Pierre has started three (3-for-13) and Jones two (0-for-6).Pitching matchup
LAD: RHP Derek Lowe (8-10, 4.10 ERA)
For the second straight start, Lowe was given a lead by his offense and couldn't protect it. Instead, he had his worst start and earliest exit of the year, pounded for eight runs on 13 hits in only 3 1/3 innings. Lowe's ERA at Dodger Stadium is 2.72; on the road it's 5.88. He's 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA lifetime against the Phillies. PHI: RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-5, 4.37 ERA)
Kendrick held the Marlins scoreless on four hits in beating them Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Though he walked five, he was able to successfully work out of pressure situations. Kendrick was pleased with how well his sinker was working against Florida, a pitch he relies on heavily. Tidbits
Chad Billingsley struggled with his command Sunday and allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings while striking out six. He stranded nine baserunners. ... Jeff Kent's RBI groundout in the third inning Sunday gave him 1,510 RBIs, moving past Mickey Mantle for 47th on the all-time list. ... Ramon Troncoso served as the setup man Sunday. ... Synnin and Grinnin, a filly owned by Brad Penny, won the fifth race at Del Mar on Sunday. Tickets
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Tuesday: Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 2-3, 3.71) vs. Phillies (Cole Hamels, 9-8, 3.35), 7:10 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Dodgers (Brad Penny, 6-9, 5.66) vs. Phillies (Joe Blanton, 6-12, 4.71), 7:10 p.m. PT
Thursday: Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda, 6-8, 4.02) vs. Phillies (Brett Myers, 5-9, 5.09), 7:10 p.m. PT
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.