On Jackie Robinson Day throughout the Major Leagues, the two teams will also honor his memory by maintaining one of the most storied rivalries in the history of the game. Including Thursday's 9-5 victory by St. Louis, the Cardinals lead the all-time series against the Dodgers, 999-998 with 16 ties, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Game No. 1,998 between the two clubs will pit Dodgers starter Jon Garland against Cardinals hurler Kyle Lohse on Friday.
It will be game No. 1 for Garland, who is making his 2011 debut after returning from a strained oblique muscle. He missed one start, but it was significant because it was Garland's first missed start with an injury in a decade.
Garland needs to be ready. He will be tested by a Cardinals team that has at least 14 hits in each of its last four games. Garland allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
"It feels exactly how it would if I went out and pitched a game," Garland said after the start. "Last night, I was packing and I remembered how it felt after a start, my body achy and tired, there it is, but in a good way. If I can start there, I can start anywhere, right?"
A healthy Lohse is a huge boon for the Cardinals. His first two games -- he's 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings -- show that he has a chance to be just as effective as he was in 2008, when he contended for All-Star honors. He allowed one run in eight innings against the Giants in his last start.
"Their guy pitched well and that's where it started," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He located the ball and moved it around. We saw a well-pitched game against us."
Cardinals: Berkman on a tear
Lance Berkman, who hit home runs in each of the three games against the D-backs in the previous series, went 2-for-4 without a homer Thursday against the Dodgers. He's hitting .311 for the season. He has hit home runs in four consecutive games four times in his career.
Thursday's game marked Ryan Theriot's first visit to Dodger Stadium since being traded to the Cardinals in November. He went 2-for-5. He hit .242 with eight RBIs and one home run in 54 games with Los Angeles.
Dodgers: Ethier extends hitting streak to 11
Andre Ethier went 1-for-4 Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is hitting .360 for the season.
The Dodgers were among the NL leaders in defense, having committed only five errors in their first 12 games. But they committed two on Thursday.
Right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla will throw a bullpen session Friday. Padilla has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22 because of offseason forearm surgery.
The Dodgers will hold a panel discussion at Crenshaw High School on Friday to discuss the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. Matt Kemp, James Loney, Marcus Thames, Xavier Paul and Tony Gwynn will join former Dodgers Don Newcombe, Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis and Maury Wills will take part in the program.