National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 26th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (57-71) at Los Angeles Dodgers (69-58), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Mark Buehrle (11-11, 3.69)
Los Angeles - Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.65)
(Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez paid immediate dividends for the Los
Angeles Dodgers in his debut on Saturday.
On Sunday, he will try to get the Dodgers closer in the National League West
standings and lead his new team to a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins at
Just hours after being officially traded from Boston, Gonzalez made himself
right at home at Chavez Ravine, homering in his first at-bat to set the tone
in an 8-2 win for the Dodgers.
"During my first at-bat, I had my adrenaline going," Gonzalez said during an
on-field press conference after the game. "My mentality was to get the guy in
from third, the second pitch was a fastball in. When I saw the flight of the
ball, it was a great thing."
Gonzalez, who spent five years with the San Diego Padres from 2006-10,
finished 1-for-5, as the Dodgers inched to two games back of the San Francisco
Giants in the division.
Boston sent the first baseman Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford, right-hander
Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first
baseman James Loney and two prospects -- pitcher Allen Webster and infielder
Ivan De Jesus -- along with two players to be named later in perhaps the
biggest waiver-wire trade in the history of Major League Baseball.
The no-longer-cash-strapped Dodgers took on approximately $270 million in the
Almost lost in the shuffle in all the Gonzalez hoopla was the fact that Andre
Ethier went 4-for-4 in Saturday's win and tied a franchise record with 10
straight hits. His bloop single in the seventh inning tied a club mark that
was set in 1919 by first baseman Ed Konetchy.
"Andre can hit, he's a streaky guy, shortening up his swing has helped him,"
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Clayton Kershaw (12-7) fanned eight and surrendered two runs on three hits and
two walks in eight innings for Los Angeles, which has won two straight on the
heels of a three-game losing streak. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is
5-1 with a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts.
Josh Johnson (7-11), who has lost four consecutive decisions, allowed six runs
on 10 hits and a walk for Miami, which has dropped four straight contests.
"JJ was off on everything tonight," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When
you face that lineup, you need to bring your best stuff. Today he didn't have
it with him."
Getting the call for the Dodgers on Sunday will be veteran right-hander Aaron
Harang, who has won his last two starts. Harang was terrific in beating the
Atlanta Braves on Aug. 18, holding them to a run and four hits in 6 2/3
innings to run his record to 9-7 to go along with a 3.65 ERA.
He has never faced the Marlins, who will counter with lefty Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle won his second straight start on Monday in Arizona, as he yielded two
runs and six hits in seven innings to improve to 11-11, while lowering his ERA
He lost to the Dodgers the last time he faced them and is 3-2 in five starts
against them with a 2.25 ERA.
The Dodgers took two of three from the Marlins earlier in the year.
08/26 11:16:21 ET