07/03/10 10:08 PM ET
Dodgers, D-backs turn to proven vets in finale
By Alex Espinoza / MLB.com
In four games since returning after being benched for two contests, the 25-year-old Dodgers outfielder has recorded three multi-hit games. On Saturday, he belted a two-run homer during the six-run second inning of a 14-1 win over the D-backs.
For Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, the lopsided loss was his first since taking over for A.J. Hinch on Thursday night. Gibson played for the Dodgers from 1988-90, winning the National League MVP and the World Series with them in 1988.
"We're just going to regroup," Gibson said after Saturday's game. "It's a test of character. The whole season, it is that way. We got to try to convince ourselves that we've got a good chance to win tomorrow."
Both teams will be vying for the series win on Sunday and both will turn to veteran right-handers to do so. Chad Billingsley will make the start for Los Angeles to counter D-backs ace Dan Haren.
Despite a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season, Haren has no wins to show for it. In two of those three outings, gaffes by the D-backs' bullpen resulted in late-inning losses.
A couple of Arizona relievers did show some signs of improvement on Saturday, though. Chad Qualls, who has a 7.94 ERA this season, tossed a scoreless ninth to record his third consecutive scoreless performance, while Dontrelle Willis did not walk a batter for the first time in six appearances with Arizona.
Billingsley, meanwhile, has a 5.68 ERA in three starts against the D-backs this season but is 1-0 against his National League West foe.
Dodgers: Manny lands on DL
The Dodgers sent Manny Ramirez to the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a strained right hamstring. Xavier Paul, whom Los Angeles called up for Ramirez, went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs on Saturday.
D-backs: Youngblood completes coaching staff
Arizona finalized its new coaching staff on Saturday, making Joel Youngblood its third-base coach. Former third-base coach Bo Porter is now the team's new bench coach, filling in the spot vacated by Gibson's promotion.
Paul's walk during the second inning on Saturday was a peculiar one, as he only needed three balls to do so. The gaffe went unnoticed by the umpiring crew and play continued.
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