LOS ANGELES -- If their rotation alignment is any sign, the Dodgers are serious about disrupting their opponents' pennant hopes in the National League West.
Clayton Kershaw's scheduled start has been moved up to Friday against the D-backs from Saturday, which will allow him to pitch the finale of a three-game set in Colorado next week. The Rockies, Padres and Giants are all fighting for two possible playoff spots.
Kershaw will be on a regular four days' rest on Friday. John Ely is scheduled for Saturday and Chad Billingsley for Sunday, rounding out the D-backs series in Arizona. Ted Lilly is to open the Rockies series on Monday and Hiroki Kuroda is to pitch Tuesday.
"When we play Arizona, we're going to play a lot more of the kids we brought up," manager Joe Torre said. "The challenge is to have an impact. I know if we're sitting in that dugout over there [San Diego's], or wherever we're playing, you're hoping that the team that's playing one of the contenders can knock them off. I know it's our obligation to be able to do that."
Aside from a four-inning start in which he allowed four earned runs against Colorado in his last outing, Kershaw has dominated the Rockies this season. He's 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts against them.