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04/22/10 1:06 AM ET

Formidable LA lineup awaits Leake

If the realization that he is starting his professional career in a Major League rotation has turned Cincinnati's Mike Leake into a timid pitcher, he will be in the wrong place on Thursday.

Leake has received no-decisions but good reviews in two starts, with a 2.63 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. But the 22-year-old right-hander, who relies on pinpoint control, has allowed more walks (12) than hits (11), suggesting he has been pitching away from contact.

The Dodgers can dispense their own brand of shock treatment. After Wednesday night's 14-6 win, they lead the Majors in scoring with 93 runs and continue to lead in team average with a healthy .315.

At the end of the game, there was only one position player in Los Angeles' lineup batting under .300, third baseman Blake DeWitt (.263).

Behind Vicente Padilla, who will be after his 100th career victory, the Dodgers (7-7) will take their fourth stab at getting over the .500 level.

Leake has been able to avoid major damage despite the control lapses, because he has held opponents to 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. He can't count on those clutch pitches against the Dodgers, who produced 11 hits in 17 at-bats under those circumstances in Wednesday's romp.

Their loudest bat has been that of Matt Kemp, whose Majors-tying seventh homer further impressed Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker.

Baker talked about Kemp as if he has the DNA of Dave Winfield, the former three-sport star who parlayed his athleticism into a Hall of Fame career as an outfielder.

"For a guy that hadn't played much baseball, he certainly looks like he plays a lot," Baker said. "This is a sign that you can take an athlete -- he told me he was a basketball player -- and have him focus on one game vs. three or four different sports.

"You can see there are mistakes he's not making anymore. He has speed. He has power. He has a Gold Glove and Silver Bat already. For a guy that's still learning how to play, that's pretty impressive."

Dodgers: Welcome back
Righty Ronald Belisario, activated off the restricted list prior to the game, pitched a perfect seventh in his season debut. ... Wednesday was the 120th anniversary of the Dodgers' first game in the National League. Then known as the Bridegrooms, they upended the Boston Braves, 7-6.

Reds: Searching for No. 1
Leake has turned in the Cincinnati staff's last two quality starts and, since Aaron Harang's April 10 outing against the Cubs, is the only one to have gone seven innings. ... Reds starters are still looking for their first victory of the season, with Harang's loss on Wednesday dropping their collective record to 0-5. ... Drew Stubbs sat out the start, with Baker citing the matchup with Hiroki Kuroda more than his 0-for-18 slump with nine strikeouts; Stubbs pinch-hit on Wednesday, drawing a walk.

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