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04/17/10 7:55 PM ET

Kershaw hopes to unsettle Giants' bats

The way the Giants have been hitting the ball at the start of the season, going from a knuckleballer one day to a young power lefty the next isn't as daunting as one might think.

Lately, the Giants' attitude at the plate hasn't changed from one game to the next.

"We don't care who's out there pitching," said Giants catcher Bengie Molina, who went 2-for-4 Saturday to raise his season average to .448. "We don't care who we're playing. We just go out and have fun and try to put together good at-bats."

Prior to the Giants racking up a big day against knuckler Charlie Haeger in a 9-0 win Saturday to provide more than enough support from Tim Lincecum, Dodgers manager Joe Torre was hoping that Haeger would shake things up against the hot-hitting Giants.

"Probably a knuckleballer has a better chance of knocking you off rhythm than somebody like Lincecum because you have to completely change your approach against a knuckleball guy," Torre said.

No such luck for the Dodgers there, but now they turn to their youthful ace, Clayton Kershaw, in the rubber game of the three-game series between West Coast rivals. Veteran left-hander Barry Zito will be trying to keep his solid start to the season rolling as he meets Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Kershaw, 22, has allowed as many walks as he has strikeouts through his first two starts. He earned the win Tuesday in the Dodgers' home opener, a 9-5 win over the D-backs, but Torre said Kershaw wasn't thrilled with the outing.

"This kid's going to keep battling," Torre said. "He's still growing into what he is right now and what he's going to be. He's going to be a special young man if he stays healthy. One thing about him, his ability, it's just part of him. He's got a great competitive spirit about him."

Giants: Zito hopes to solve Dodgers
Zito struggled against the Dodgers last season, going 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA in three starts, two of them at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp is 15-for-32 with five walks against Zito in his career. James Loney, on the other hand, is 1-for-20 with six strikeouts, but Torre said Loney will not play Sunday.

Dodgers: Kemp's long-ball streak ends
Kemp had a four-game streak of games with home runs that was snapped Saturday. He'd actually become the first Dodgers player to homer in the team's first four scheduled home games. However, he did single to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Worth noting:
After Sunday's games, the Giants and Dodgers won't play again for another 70 days. They'll meet again June 28.

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