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07/04/10 5:45 PM EST

Dodgers, Marlins try to make their moves

The races are heating up in the in National League West and East.

The Dodgers are creeping toward the top in their division while Marlins are trying to stay alive in theirs.

"I think right now it can be overwhelming if you're looking at where we are in the standings," said the Marlins' Nate Robertson, who is scheduled to pitch Monday. "It's going to take a while to have an opportunity to take a lead in this division. It's going to take a while."

The Marlins trail the first-place Braves by 9 1/2 games. The Dodgers, winners of two out of the three games against the D-backs during the weekend, have won seven of their last 10 games. They trail San Diego by 3 1/2 games in the NL West standings.

The Dodgers will send John Ely, who allowed one run in seven innings against Giants in his last start, to the mound.

With a little more luck, Robertson would have come out with a victory in his last start. Instead, he finished with a no-decision, but the team ended up beating the Mets. The lefty gave up four runs in six-plus innings. His season innings high is 6 1/3 innings.

Robertson wants a victory badly. He knows one victory can lead to a winning streak and anything can happen in the second half of the season. In Detroit, he was part of a team that watched a big lead in the standings slip away to the Twins.

"I don't want to say the driver's seat, because I don't think there is any such thing as the driver's seat in this game," he said. "But we were two times in position where the Twins caught us. I've experienced it from the not-so-fun spot. So the leaders cannot get comfortable. There is always a team that can get hot and jump up on you when you thought they weren't going to be able to get you.

"One team gets hot. No matter how hard you play, it's almost like it gets written."

Marlins: Homecoming for Stanton
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said rookie Mike Stanton should play on Monday. A native of Southern California, Stanton is batting .207 with two homers and 13 RBIs since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville. He was given a breather on Sunday because he has been missing pitches that he should be hitting, Rodriguez said. "I want him to slow things down," Rodriguez said. "So we gave him a day to step back and watch the game."

Dodgers: Monasterios nears return
Rule 5 rookie pitcher Carlos Monasterios will likely return to the Dodgers from the disabled list by the middle of the week. ... Rafael Furcal had his streak of seven consecutive multi-hit games come to an end Sunday. He still has eight multi-hit games in his last 10 games and has 19 hits in an eight-game span. Since June 15, Furcal is batting .474 (27-for-57). ... The Dodgers are 23-6 against the NL West this season, the best record in the Major Leagues within a division. The record includes a 10-2 margin against the D-backs this season since April 15. ... The Dodgers are 11-1 when they hit at least two home runs. ... Matt Kemp leads the team with 35 extra-base hits.

Worth noting
Brett Hayes started at catcher for Florida regular Ronny Paulino on Sunday. Paulino had a string of 25 straight games starting snapped, which is the long of any catcher in the big leagues this season. ... Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will start for and closer Jonathan Broxton was named to the NL squad for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. ... Fourteen of the Dodgers' next 18 games will be played at Dodger Stadium. The club is 24-15 at home this season. ... Manny Ramirez's 1994 red Porsche was donated by the outfielder and is being auctioned at thinkcure.org/manny with the proceeds being split between ThinkCure! and a placement home for girls. ... The Dodgers will celebrate Independence Day following Monday night's game with a fireworks show. The game will also include a flyover.

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