"By the end of last year, I was pretty much worn out and it takes a toll on my command. My arm was dragging a bit. A lot of times last year I got up and didn't come into the game. By the end, it wore on me a bit. But that's expected. That's what the off-season is for."
LAD: RHP Chad Billingsley (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
Billingsley makes his first start of the season after two unexpected relief appearances. He was scratched from his scheduled debut last Wednesday before the first pitch because of a rain forecast, then relieved for one-third of an inning, only for rain to interrupt play for 74 minutes. He was then was called on in relief again Friday night in San Diego for two scoreless innings. He is 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA lifetime against Arizona and was 2-1 against the Diamondbacks last year.
ARI: LHP Doug Davis (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
Davis was roughed up by the Reds in his first start of the year last Thursday in Cincinnati. The left-hander allowed just three runs (two earned) but he walked six and allowed a total of 10 baserunners in 3 2/3 innings. Davis was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week and this will be his final start before undergoing surgery on Thursday. Davis posted a double-digit win total for the fourth year in a row in 2007. Davis can usually be counted on for innings. Last year he worked six or more frames in 19 of his 33 starts and was 11-4 with a 2.30 ERA in those games.
Manager Joe Torre said outfielder Matt Kemp would return to the lineup Tuesday night against Davis. Torre said he didn't want to bring back the slumping Kemp against veteran right-hander Dan Haren, Monday's starter. "You try to pick your spots to get them going and Haren is tough on right-handers," said Torre. "It's tough enough for veteran to work out of slumps. Young guys, they have a problem being patient. In Matt's case, I don't know him as well as I'm going to, but he seems very anxious. I base the decision on what I know and what I think I know. He's overswinging, jumping at the ball instead of letting the ball come to you. I talked to him today and told him he'd play tomorrow. He's going to get plenty of playing time. I told him to be patient with me. I think he understands. I'm not saying he agrees. He says he feels pretty good at the plate and I don't see that." ... Rafael Furcal created the Dodgers' two-run rally in the sixth inning on Monday. He slapped a single to shortstop and, when Russell Martin singled to right field, rounded second and faked going to third, drawing an overthrow from Justin Upton that allowed Furcal to score and put Martin on third base to be singled home by Jeff Kent ... Rookie third baseman Blake DeWitt, after starting the season 5-for-8, is in an 0-for-13 tailspin that has his average down to .238.
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Wednesday: Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda, 1-0, 1.29) at D-backs (Micah Owings, 1-0, 1.35), 12:40 p.m. PT
Friday: Dodgers (Brad Penny, 1-1, 2.84) vs. Padres (Jake Peavy, 2-0, 0.56), 7:40 p.m. PT