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LAD@PIT: Kuroda fans eight over seven shutout frames

Two teams heading in opposite directions will collide Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers, with seven players on the disabled list, are in the midst of a three-game losing skid.

The Brewers have won four straight after Monday night's 2-1 victory over the Dodgers.

To accompany their ailing lineup, the Dodgers have fallen into an offensive slump, which they hope to break out of against Brewers southpaw -- and former Dodger -- Randy Wolf.

Los Angeles has scored 28 runs in its last 10 games, with 10 of those coming from a May 10 win against Pittsburgh. The Dodgers are second to last in the NL with 146 runs on the season.

However, Wolf is coming off one of his worst starts of the year. Last Wednesday, the 34-year-old was pummeled by the Padres, giving up 12 hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He enters Tuesday's game with a 3-3 record and 4.11 ERA.

While the Dodgers will try to revive their offense against Wolf, Milwaukee looks to slow down Los Angeles right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

In his last start, Kuroda allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, giving the right-hander his fourth win of the season. In his last three starts Kuroda has 18 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA.

But Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI Monday night, looks to continue his success against Kuroda. In six career at-bats against Kuroda, Fielder has connected three times with two RBIs.

Dodgers: Broxton plays catch
Los Angeles closer Jonathan Broxton played catch in left field at Dodger Stadium prior to Monday's game. It was the first time he had thrown on the field since being placed on the disabled list on May 6 with a bruised right elbow.

However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this does not mean his ailing closer is nearing a return.

"It sounds like it's just a toss more than it is really trying to get to anything," Mattingly said. "Really just trying to keep his shoulder moving."

There's no timetable set for Broxton, and Mattingly didn't say what the next step would entail. But the plan is to eventually get him back to the point where he can extend himself and throw in the bullpen before a possible rehab assignment.

Brewers: Lucroy extends hit streak to seven games
Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy continues to feel right at home in the eighth spot of the Brewers' batting order.

After a 1-for-3 performance on Monday, Lucroy extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is now batting .329 on the year and has collected 10 of his 15 RBIs in May.

"He is doing so well in that eight spot and really helping our offense that I would hate to do that," manager Ron Roenicke said about possibly moving Lucroy to the second spot.

Lucroy missed the first 10 games of the season and was reinstated from the disabled list on April 11 after fracturing his right pinkie finger.

Worth noting
Brewers left fielder, Ryan Braun, who leads the National League with 12 homers, worked out in the offseason at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., about an hour from Dodger Stadium. ... Despite their low run total, the Dodgers have the seventh-best team batting average in the NL, hitting .252. Comments