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06/29/10 8:08 PM ET

Showdown between Padilla, Rowand awaits

If the past is any indication, things could get a little messy when the Giants and Dodgers face off in a matinee for their series finale on Wednesday at AT&T Park.

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.

Worth noting
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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