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Torre sticks with Garciaparra, Kent

Torre sticks with Garciaparra, Kent

PHOENIX -- Nomar Garciaparra is 0-for-17 lifetime against Brandon Webb and manager Joe Torre earlier said he would give Garciaparra Sunday off, but Garciaparra was in the starting lineup, as was Jeff Kent, as Torre went with experience in the series finale against the Diamondbacks.

Kent complained just before the All-Star break that he had been given too many days off, even though he was fighting off a stiff back. Torre said he met with Kent, and after watching the 40-year-old second baseman hit four rockets Saturday night, including his 10th home run, decided he would play. Kent is 4-for-20 with one homer against Webb.

"He swung the bat with a lot more commitment last night," Torre said of Kent. "With Nomar, he's more or less going to have to be a doctor for us. He's been on the disabled list a couple times. We need to be aware of that, but he said he feels fine. I'm sure playing Arizona has a lot do with the way they want to play, even though every series is the same. Coming out of the break, everybody feels good."

That includes Andruw Jones, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the last game and a half with food poisoning.

Torre said Jason Johnson was available to pitch out of the bullpen Sunday, not the normal preparation for somebody listed as the Tuesday night starter in Colorado. That leads to speculation that the Dodgers could call up Clayton Kershaw to make that start. Kershaw last pitched for Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday, so Tuesday would be his regular day to pitch.

Torre also said Brad Penny is scheduled for another bullpen session Tuesday in Los Angeles, after which it would be determined if he'll have a simulated game or go on a Minor League rehab assignment. He's still likely a couple weeks away from returning.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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