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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, July 4 (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (49-39) at Colorado Rockies (36-50), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.04) Colorado - Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Don't look now, Colorado Rockies fans. He's back.
Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw gets another crack at a team he no-hit two weeks ago when the Dodgers visit the Rockies for the second of four holiday weekend games at Coors Field.
Kershaw is nursing a three-start stretch that stretches back to June 13 in which he's thrown 28 consecutive scoreless innings. It's the best streak for a Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser authored the major leagues' longest-ever streak -- 59 innings -- in 1988.
Kershaw was 6-0 in June with a sub-1.00 earned run average and 61 strikeouts in 44 innings.
He topped St. Louis in his most recent outing on Sunday, in which he allowed five hits and struck out 13 in a 6-0 defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers have had seven scoreless streaks of at least 28 innings in their history, and Kershaw is five innings away from equaling Sandy Koufax's 1963 run of 33 innings.
The second start of Kershaw's spotless run came against the Rockies on June 18, when he struck out 15 batters while no-hitting the Rockies on 107 pitches. He's beaten Colorado twice this season, and his career mark against the Rockies is 6-3, though his ERA in those 14 starts is 5.03 -- which matches the highest number he's compiled at any park he's pitched in more than once.
Colorado sends out former Atlanta ace Jair Jurrjens, who came over in a trade from Cincinnati earlier in the week.
Jurrjens signed a Triple-A deal with the Reds in May, but never pitched with them on the major-league level after compiling a 4.46 ERA in six starts in the minors at Louisville.
He's Colorado's 13th starting pitcher this season, most in the majors.
Jurrjens last pitched in the big leagues last season for Baltimore -- for whom he made two appearances -- and is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in his career against the Dodgers.
"He's had some health issues, but not necessarily tied to his arm, but some lower-half issues, which is a good thing if you're a pitcher," manager Walt Weiss said. "We're very young right now on the mound. Guys are doing their best. They're battling. But it does help to have a guy with some experience that's got the ball in his hand."
A win in Thursday's opener allowed Los Angeles to regain first place in the National League's West Division.
"It feels good where we're at, and it's where we want to be," manager Don Mattingly said.
On Thursday, Juan Uribe's third hit of the night drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning as the Dodgers opened with a 3-2 victory.
Zack Greinke gave up the tying run in the bottom of the eighth, but Uribe's late RBI single salvaged Greinke's 11th win of the season, tying him with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the NL lead. Greinke (11-4) scattered nine hits and two runs -- one earned -- over eight frames. He struck out eight and issued two walks, extending the streak of Dodgers starters walking two batters or less to a modern-day record of 37 consecutive games.
The loss was absorbed by LaTroy Hawkins (2-2) and dropped the free-falling Rockies to 2-15 over their last 17 games.
LA is 7-3 against Colorado this season.
07/04 10:39:39 ET