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08/03/10 12:00 AM ET

Latos looks to spoil Lilly's Dodgers debut

Welcome back to a pennant race, Ted Lilly. And welcome back to Dodger Stadium, Mat Latos.

When the Dodgers host the Padres in another crucial National League West matchup on Tuesday night, Los Angeles' newest starting pitcher, Trade Deadline acquisition Lilly, will ply his left-handed trade for a team that needs excellent pitching now.

Meanwhile, San Diego's phenom, Latos, will try to come up big in a hugely important road game while continuing his mastery of NL hitters in 2010.

Latos has been nothing short of revelatory for the Padres, who are being careful by monitoring the 22-year-old's innings. He leads the Major Leagues a .195 opponents' batting average and San Diego has won each of his last eight starts.

And although he pitched well against the Dodgers earlier this year, giving up one earned run in five innings, he's 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA at Dodger Stadium in his career. Los Angeles first baseman James Loney is 2-for-3 against Latos with a home run.

Padres manager Bud Black has said that he thinks it's prudent for Latos to throw between 150 and 180 innings this year, and his 11-game winner is now up to 112 2/3 with a lot of important games left. Black's expectations are not other-wordly, however.

"[I expect] that he'll run out there in the second half and, hopefully, do what he's done in the first half," Black said. "It's too early to make any blanket statements on what we're going to do."

The Dodgers will hope to make a big statement with the addition of Lilly, who will be making a homecoming of sorts (he grew up in nearby Torrance, Calif.) when he debuts for the Dodgers.

The veteran southpaw looked good in his last outing for the Cubs, striking out eight over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision in Houston on Tuesday. He allowed five hits, walked three and threw 113 pitches.

Now he's right in the thick of a divisional race and sounds happy to jump right into this new and exciting situation

"Being in the same league, everyone's got a feel of what we're trying to do," Lilly said. "Even talking to [Dodgers catcher] Russell Martin, it'll be pretty easy to get on the same page with him. I'm looking forward to [Tuesday] night.

"I imagine that there's going to be some extra adrenaline. These are pretty important games these next four days. I'm definitely looking forward to the opportunity."

Padres: Yorvit's gone streaking
Catcher Yorvit Torrealba is in the midst of a season-high 15-game hitting streak that began on July 4 vs. Houston. It's the longest streak by a Padres player this year. Torrealba's longest career hitting streak is 16 games, coming last year with the Rockies (Aug. 9-Sept. 8). ... Reliever Edward Mujica has not allowed a walk in his last 75 batters faced, dating back to June 10 at New York Mets. For the season, he has 50 strikeouts and four walks, the best ratio among Major League relievers (12.5 K/BB ratio).

Dodgers: More on the new guy
Lilly received an average of 2.31 runs of support per nine innings with the Cubs, which is the lowest support in the Majors. He has had three straight no-decisions and last won on June 29 at Pittsburgh. In his career against San Diego, Lilly is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA and has limited the Padres to a .237 batting average in nine games (eight starts). ... Rafael Furcal is on track to become the fifth Dodgers shortstop since 1900 to lead the team in batting average. If he keeps it up, he'll be the first to accomplish the feat since Mark Grudzielanek hit .326 in 1999.

Worth noting
San Diego has stolen 91 bases this year, ranking second in the NL behind the Mets. The club has already stolen more bases than it did in any of the past three seasons. In the 48 games in which they have stolen at least one base, the Padres are 39-9. ... According to STATS, LLC, the newest Dodgers infielder, Ryan Theriot, has more opposite-field hits (52) than any other player in the NL this season.

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