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07/29/10 7:17 PM ET

Dodgers eye more success vs. Lincecum

With two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum taking the mound for the Giants on Friday night, the Dodgers will certainly hope that the righty pitches the way he did the last time he faced Los Angeles -- granted, with a different overall outcome this time.

On July 20, Lincecum squared off against the Dodgers and was lit up for five runs and seven hits in just 4 2/3 innings -- his second-shortest start of the year. Still, the Giants were able to rally and win, 7-5.

During his most recent outing, against the D-backs on Sunday, Lincecum was shaky at the game's onset before settling down to the tune of eight effective innings. He allowed two runs and nine hits but mostly kept the D-backs off the board.

"He used to blow the ball by you, and now he's changed into a pitcher," D-backs outfielder Justin Upton said of Lincecum on Sunday.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, will look to continue their success against the Giants this year. Sure, San Francisco took two of three in the rivals' most recent series, but the Dodgers lead overall in 2010, 6-3. Los Angeles will look to extend that margin with Carlos Monasterios on the mound.

The 24-year-old will be making his 22nd appearance of the season but just his eighth start. Monasterios struggled mightily during his four starts in June, completing just 17 2/3 innings with an ERA of 6.62. He made three relief appearances in July before getting the call to start this past Saturday against the Mets.

In that outing, Monasterios was much more effective. He didn't last very long, completing five innings, but he also didn't surrender any runs and gave up just six hits. Dodgers manager Joe Torre will be pleased if any such repeat performance is in order.

Dodgers: Podsednik's new home
It may not have grabbed national headlines like perhaps the deal sending Roy Oswalt to the Phillies did, but the Dodgers' addition of outfielder Scott Podsednik could have huge implications for the team's postseason chances.

With two outfielders currently sidelined -- including Manny Ramirez -- general manager Ned Colletti decided to address his thin outfield by adding the veteran Podsednik.

"With Reed [Johnson] and Manny out, it's tough to tell when they'll be back or if there will be more issues the rest of the season," said Colletti. "This is a safeguard. Podsednik knows how to win, and he can help us in a number of ways."

In his Dodgers debut on Thursday against the Padres, Podsednik went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Giants: Posey's streak ends
Entering Thursday's game against the Marlins -- a 5-0 loss -- Giants catcher Buster Posey had collected hits in 21 straight games. It was the longest such streak in the NL this year and the second longest in the Majors.

"It's cool -- it's fun," Posey said of the streak after the Giants' 10-9 win in 10 innings on Wednesday. "But it's hard to talk about myself when we just won a great game."

Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez held the Giants to one hit on Thursday, allowing few Giants to reach base -- Posey included. As such, the 23-year-old's streak ended, leaving him just one game shy of the team's rookie record, set by Willie McCovey in 1959.

Still, Posey is hitting .358 on the year.

Worth noting
The Giants were the hottest team in the Majors from July 3-28, posting an 18-5 record. ... Coming into Thursday's game, the Dodgers' pitching staff had a 3.42 ERA during day games and a 4.25 ERA at night.

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