Garciaparra's injury, compounded by the fact that Chin-lung Hu and Delwyn Young had already been used, forced All-Star catcher Russell Martin into his Major League debut as a third baseman. The left calf is the same one that put Garciaparra on the disabled list last year. Garciaparra will be placed on the disabled list and Blake DeWitt will be recalled to replace him.
LAD: RHP Brad Penny (3-2, 2.67 ERA)
The Dodgers scored early and often against the Reds and Brad Penny knew what to do with the lead, extending his record at Great American Ball Park to 5-0 while allowing one
earned run over six innings. He faces his favorite opponent in this start, as he's 12-2 with
a 2.92 ERA lifetime against the Rockies and was 2-0 last year. Penny not only is effectively
spotting his fastball, but he is finally incoporating his splitter as a regular part of his repertoire.
COL: LHP Mark Redman (2-1, 5.23 ERA)
After a rough start, Francis has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts. Tuesday night wasn't as good as his previous start, when he pitched seven shutout innings in San Diego. But he left with a 6-4 lead against the Phillies, only to see the bullpen falter. Francis would have had an even more sparkling outing if not for two hiccups -- the fourth inning, when he walked the opposing pitcher to load the bases and walked in a run, and the seventh when he left a pitch over the plate for a Jayson Werth homer. But he looked more like the pitcher that won 17 games last year than he did in his first two starts.
Clayton Kershaw, tuning up for his inevitable big-league promotion, allowed only two hits over six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in a no-decision for Double-A Jacksonville Friday night, lowering his ERA to 1.40. Kershaw also had as many hits as he allowed (two) ... Joe Torre's ejection Thursday night was the 71st of his Major League career, including both as a player and manager ... For the second time in a month, veteran left-handed reliever Mike Myers asked for and received his release out of Triple-A Las Vegas, one day after the Dodgers promoted Double-A reliever Cory Wade to the big leagues ... Triple-A outfielder George Lombard also was released from Triple-A on Friday. He was hitting .163 ... Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will receive an honorary degree from Pepperdine University Saturday, when he gives the Seaver College Commencement address. Scully will receive Pepperdine's highest honor, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Dodgers president Jamie McCourt will introduce the Hall of Fame broadcaster ... Hu and Young, Dodgers alumni Bobby Castillo and Kenny Landreaux, and nearly 100 students from Allesandro Elementary School will particpate in the first Dodgers Play Ball L.A. on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
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Sunday: Dodgers (Esteban Loaiza, 1-2, 4.32) vs. Rockies (Jeff Francis, 0-2, 5.68), 1:10 p.m. PT
Tuesday: Dodgers (Derek Lowe, 2-1, 2.45) at Marlins (Andrew Miller, 1-2, 7.94), 4:10 p.m. PT