07/08/12 8:30 PM ET
Kershaw gets call to open Dodgers' second half
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
"Usually what we try to do is try to match these guys up with the teams they've pitched better against," Mattingly said. "We'll look out as far as we can with teams they have good matchups against."
The Dodgers begin a six-game homestand on Friday, with three games against the Padres and then three against the Phillies.
At the start of the season, Kershaw was followed by Chad Billingsley then Chris Capuano. But through the first half of the year Capuano has pitched more like a No. 2 starter than Billingsley. After Sunday's series finale with the D-backs, Capuano was 9-4 with a 2.91 ERA while Billingsley was 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA.
However, Mattingly said the order of the rotation wasn't based on ranking the pitchers.
"The real consistency with him has been inconsistency," Mattingly said of Billingsley. "You don't know what you're going to get, honestly, that's the thing. It's not like he just looks terrible, there are times he looks really good and then it's gone.
"To say that's your No. 2 starter, it's hard to say that honestly. Right now you have to look at [Capuano] as the guy you give the ball to, you get a good outing and he keeps you in the game. You look at him as your No. 2."
Lilly throws off mound for first time since injury
PHOENIX -- For the first time since being placed on the disabled list on May 28 with shoulder inflammation, Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly threw off the mound Sunday.
"Now we just continue, that's his first time really throwing downhill," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's part of the progression. He looked pretty good."
The club originally placed Lilly on the 15-day disabled list but moved him to the 60-day DL on Monday. Once he feels he's ready, the 36-year-old veteran will begin the throw bullpen sessions to build arm strength before heading out on a rehab assignment then finally back to the Dodgers.
"He'll have to go out and build pitch count," Mattingly said. "He has to throw 90-100 pitches, otherwise you're in your bullpen by the fifth inning."
In eight starts before the injury, Lilly worked with a 3.14 ERA and a 5-1 record while striking out 31 batters.
Dodgers missing Gordon's speed atop lineup
PHOENIX -- It's no coincidence that in the three games since Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb the club has only stolen one base.
The 24-year-old leads the Major Leagues in steals with 30, including the final one, when the injury took place.
With Gordon out for at least six weeks after surgery Friday, the Dodgers will have to find new ways to put runners in motion on the bases.
"We aren't nearly as good in that regard without Dee," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It changes the leadoff spot and how we work around that. It does change things a little bit."
The Dodgers player with the next most stolen bases is Tony Gwynn Jr. with 10, followed by Elian Herrera and Mark Ellis with four.
"It takes a lot of our team speed away," Mattingly said. "I don't know if it changes everything we do, but it's something we'll have to deal with until he returns."
In his first rehab game for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night, Matt Kemp went 1-for-5 with a run as the designated hitter.
Kemp, recovering from a left hamstring strain, is scheduled to play again Sunday before moving on to Kansas City for the State Farm Home Run Derby, on Monday at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.
He was 6-for-14 in four games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga before heading to Albuquerque.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.