06/29/10 8:08 PM ET
Showdown between Padilla, Rowand awaits
By Mike McCall / MLB.com
Vicente Padilla will take the hill for Los Angeles, making his first start against San Francisco since he pegged the Giants' Aaron Rowand in the face April 16. Rowand suffered a broken cheekbone from the pitch, and Padilla was apologetic afterward.
"I'm very sorry," Padilla said at the time. "I'd like to talk to him. I don't want there to be any misunderstanding. It was not intentional. I was just trying to pitch inside, but I never pitch a ball close to anyone's head. And I didn't want to load the bases."
Intentional or not, the incident isn't likely forgotten. The day after the beanball, Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria paid Padilla a visit in the clubhouse to relay the news of Rowand's injury. He also suffered a concussion.
Further, in his most recent start against the Yankees, Padilla hit Robinson Cano and was in turn pegged by New York's C.C. Sabathia.
The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez, who's 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA this month.
Dodgers: Losing a big gun?
Outfielder Manny Ramirez left Tuesday's game after straining his right hamstring in the first inning, and he's listed as day-to-day. The injury comes at a bad time, as he was hitting .449 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the previous 14 contests.
Giants: Division struggles
The Giants are 8-16 against National League West opponents this season, the worst mark in the division (the Dodgers are tops at 20-5). Following the matchup with Los Angeles, they'll face division foe Colorado in a four-game series.
The Dodgers have won four of five against the Giants this year after going 11-7 against them in 2009. Los Angeles hasn't lost the season series with San Francisco since 2005, when the Giants triumphed 10-9.
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