07/03/10 2:10 AM ET
Gibson will have hands full against Kershaw
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Gibson, who was named interim manager on Thursday after the D-backs dismissed A.J. Hinch, has already earned the respect of his players after serving as the club's bench coach since 2007.
"Gibby is going to be [about] playing the game the right way," right fielder Justin Upton said. "He played hard every single night, ran balls out, grinding every at-bat. And he's going to be hard on us. When you have a laid-back environment where guys are content losing, I think sometimes that extra person on top of you helps you get to where you need to be mentally, and that drives you.
"Gibby has that fire; he doesn't like losing. He's going to push us in the right direction."
Gibson is also plenty familiar with the Dodgers, as he hit the most famous home run in franchise history with his game-winning pinch-hit blast in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series -- he was also named the National League's Most Valuable Player that season.
But his club will have its hands full on Saturday against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has been terrific this season. Kershaw was only seven months old with Gibson hit that historic jack nearly 22 years ago.
Since allowing seven runs in 1 1/3 innings May 4, Kershaw is 6-2 with a 2.38 ERA and is 7-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings on the season.
Kershaw is coming off an impressive start against the Yankees, in which he allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings and did not issue a walk for the first time in his career, but was left with a no-decision when New York scored fourth runs in the ninth inning against Jonathan Broxton and eventually won the game.
"I got to some 3-2 counts and just made them get hits instead of walks," Kershaw said. "I think that's a sign of maybe some progress."
The D-backs, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, who is 4-6 with a 4.42 ERA this season. And like Kershaw, Lopez was effective in his previous outing, when he allowed just one run over six innings Sunday against the Rays.
Dodgers: Manny likely to hit DL
Left fielder Manny Ramirez appears headed to the disabled list, and manager Joe Torre indicated as such before the game on Friday. Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game in the series opener against the D-backs and will be reevaluated on a day-by-day basis. "We have to find out what good is, and what that gets him and us," Torre said. "We have to figure out if it's worth playing one man short."
D-backs: Gibson expects good things
Gibson is now 1-0 as interim manager of the D-backs after Hinch went 31-48 this season. But Gibson said he expects more from his players considering the talent he sees on the roster. "Maybe I shouldn't say this: We have a lot of good ballplayers, but we aren't winning ballgames," Gibson said. "I'd rather have a lot of bad ballplayers and win ballgames."
Chin-lung Hu, the Dodgers' insurance shortstop at Triple-A Albuquerque, will undergo surgery to repair a broken left thumb Wednesday in Arizona and miss six to eight weeks. ... The Dodgers lost for only the sixth time in 27 games against teams in the NL West this season. ... The D-backs improved to 2-8 against the Dodgers this year with their win on Friday.
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