Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (42-28) at LA Angels of Anaheim (38-32), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Chad Billingsley (4-5, 3.75)
LA Angels - Dan Haren (4-7, 3.97)
(Sports Network) - After one of the worst offensive showings in franchise
history, the Los Angeles Dodgers now head to Anaheim for the opener of the
three-game Freeway Series against the Angels.
The Dodgers managed a miserable two runs and just eight hits in getting swept
by the Oakland Athletics. The eight hits represented the lowest amount for the
team in a three-game series dating back to 1921.
"I guess I should give their guys credit because they're major league players
and they're major league pitchers, but over a three-game stretch we really
didn't do enough to win any games," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about
The Dodgers may be able to break out tonight against righty Dan Haren, who has
lost two of his last three starts and has surrendered nine runs in his past
two outings. Haren was beaten by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, as he
gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, dropping him to 4-7 on the
year to go along with a 3.97 ERA.
"When you get hit around, you don't feel good. You go home, and you feel
better next time," Haren said. "Just no excuses, really. Got to minimize the
With an off-day and the return of righty ace Jered Weaver to the rotation on
Wednesday, Haren will be throwing on six days' rest for the first time this
season. He hasn't pitched on six days' rest since last Aug. 26, when he lasted
only 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs.
Haren has faced the Dodgers 16 times (15 starts) and is 5-5 with a 3.27 ERA
The Angels enter this matchup after taking the final two games in their series
with the San Francisco Giants, including a 6-0 win in Wednesday's rubber
Weaver (7-1) who had been out with a lower-back strain he suffered in the
first inning of the Angels' May 28 contest against the New York Yankees,
tossed six scoreless innings and allowed two hits, walked a pair and fanned
three, but was removed after throwing 78 pitches.
"Weav does what he usually does, he located his fastball early," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "I really liked his fastball command. He changed
speeds, a great effort."
Kendrys Morales homered on his 29th birthday and Mark Trumbo made it back-to-
back shots in the eighth inning. Alberto Callaspo also went deep in Los
Angeles' ninth win in 12 games.
The Angels will take their swings tonight against Dodgers righty Chad
Billingsley, who is 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA. Billingsley lost to the Chicago White
Sox on Saturday, as he allowed five runs (4 earned) and eight hits in six
Billingsley is 1-4 lifetime versus the Angels with a 4.10 ERA in eight games
The Angels took two of three from the Dodgers earlier in the year.
06/22 10:33:10 ET