06/02/10 3:30 PM ET
Dodgers 'pen continues hot stretch
After great May, relief corps not letting up in June
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Jonathan Broxton set a club record with 12 saves in a calendar month in May, and Jeff Weaver took home his 100th career win in the month. Weaver and Broxton are tied for the bullpen lead with three wins each after Weaver picked up the win on Tuesday with a scoreless top of the 10th inning against the D-backs. Matt Kemp's solo homer gave the Dodgers a 1-0 win in the bottom of the inning, and made John Ely's seven scoreless innings that turned into a no-decision a little easier for the rookie to swallow.
"It's important, especially after a great performance by Ely to continue where he left off," Weaver said. "Obviously the score's a bunch of zeroes up there, so we're going to try to do our best to keep it that way. I think that's where we kind of take pride in how we pitched so well last year, we wanted to be a group that could be counted on to maintain leads or give us a chance to take leads later in the game."
Ronald Belisario recorded two outs in the eighth inning and Hong-Chih Kuo extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 13 1/3 with 1 1/3 innings pitched Tuesday. Kuo hasn't allowed a run since April 22 -- his first outing of the season. Opponents are batting .116 off him.
Four Dodgers regulars given Wednesday off
LOS ANGELES -- Half of the Dodgers' starting position players were given the day off on Wednesday for their 12:10 p.m. PT start at Dodger Stadium after Tuesday's night game, a 1-0 Dodgers win in 10 innings.
Jamey Carroll batted leadoff in place of Rafael Furcal, Garret Anderson batted fifth for Manny Ramirez in left field and Ronnie Belliard filled in for Casey Blake at third base in the sixth spot. A.J. Ellis, who made his sixth start of the season on Saturday, spelled Russell Martin again.
The Dodgers decided to rest their regulars with a three-game sweep of the D-backs on the line, but manager Joe Torre also had to consider that the team doesn't have an off-day until June 10.
"Such an early day today and the 10 innings last night," Torre said. "If you're concerned about your starters, especially in a run we're in now, we're going to have to make sure we take care of them."
Ellis stayed with the team over the weekend instead of traveling to Wisconsin to his wife, who gave birth to their son.
"Normally when a player his wife is pregnant, he'll say my wife is expecting in a month or five weeks. I'll tell them if you need to be there, take as long as you need," Torre said. "Catchers are a little different than other position players. [Ellis] never came in an asked for any consideration along those lines. He knows it's an opportunity right now."
Sherrill struggles in first rehab appearance
LOS ANGELES -- George Sherrill was greeted by Class A hitters with two singles and a double Tuesday in his first rehab start with Inland Empire. Sherrill allowed two runs in his one inning of work, and also picked off a runner and induced a double play.
Sherill is scheduled to pitch again Thursday at Inland Empire, in the fourth inning after Vicente Padilla pitches the first three innings in his first rehab start.
Sherrill, who has stiffness in his back, is eligible to return Tuesday from the disabled list. He'll likely make a couple of appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque before being reinstated.
Padilla has been out since April with soreness in his right elbow and likely won't exceed 50 pitches on Thursday.
Torre's Game On Dude to race at Belmont
LOS ANGELES -- Game On Dude, a thoroughbred part-owned by Dodgers manager Joe Torre, drew post position 8 in a field of 12 for Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes in New York.
Torre, an avid racehorse owner, never had a starter in a Triple Crown race until this year, but Game On Dude will be his second in five weeks. Homeboykris, a gelding part-owned by the Dodgers manager, went off at odds of 27-1 in the Kentucky Derby last month -- and ran like it -- finishing 16th of 20, but fulfilling Torre's dream of someday having a starter in the Run for the Roses.
Game On Dude comes into this race off a victory on May 9 in the Lone Star Derby outside of Dallas. It was Game On Dude's second win in five starts and, notes Torre, he is bred to go the Belmont's taxing 1 1/2-mile marathon distance.
The Dodgers will be preparing to play a night game with Atlanta at Dodger Stadium when the Belmont Stakes is run, and Torre will watch the race from his office television as he did the Kentucky Derby. Gane On Dude is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
"I just talked to Baffert and he said the horse worked great this week and he should get the distance," said Torre. "Now we'll see if he's good enough.
-- Ken Gurnick
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.