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06/30/10 8:45 PM ET

Jackson draws LA in first start since no-no

The big question for the Dodgers is whether Manny Ramirez will play. The D-backs will start a new era after the dismissal of general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch, and starter Edwin Jackson can help make things a bit easier for Arizona with a good start.

It's uncertain whether Ramirez will play in the series opener between the two squads Friday at Chase Field after straining his right hamstring Tuesday, but even with his bat out of the lineup, the Dodgers' offense is potent behind leadoff man Rafael Furcal.

Furcal went 4-for-5 on Wednesday with a two-run homer and three runs scored in an 8-2 win against the Giants, giving him five straight multi-hit games. Furcal is 22-for-45 (.489) since June 15.

"You can see when he gets on, a lot of holes open up," third baseman Jamey Carroll said. "He puts pressure on the defense. He's big for us. We need Raffy to do that. When he does it, we're pretty successful."

Meanwhile, the D-backs will take the field under interim GM Jerry Dipoto and interim manager Kirk Gibson, both of whom will serve with these titles until the end of the season. And they'll be looking for a good effort from Jackson, who threw a 149-pitch no-hitter at Tampa Bay on Friday for his second consecutive win and 10th straight outing of at least six innings. Jackson received extra rest after that outing because of the high pitch count.

Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Dodgers. The contest kicks off a 10-game homestand for Arizona, which is 18-18 at home and 13-30 on the road.

Dodgers: In need of Manny
Since Ramirez joined the club in August 2008, Los Angeles is 126-90 (.583) when he plays and 42-36 (.538) when he doesn't. Since June 13, he's batting .460. ... Kuroda is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in two starts against Arizona this year.

D-backs: Unfriendly schedule
The series with the Dodgers will be Arizona's 12th straight against teams with a record of .500 or better. The D-backs went 11-23 through the first 34 games of the stretch.

Worth noting
Dodgers first baseman James Loney has the highest batting average of any opposing hitter at the D-backs' Chase Field. He's 7-for-14 there so far this season.

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