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08/19/10 11:21 PM ET

Reds look to end drought in LA

As player in Los Angeles and a longtime manager in the National League West, Reds manager Dusty Baker knows what success at Dodger Stadium feels like.

It's just been a while since he felt it.

Baker and his Reds are 0-12 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles since 2006. The clubs start a three-game series at the historic park on Friday.

"Don't know why we've had so much trouble there," said Baker, who wore No. 12 during his playing days with the Dodgers. "I know they've played us pretty tough, definitely pitched us tough. But we have a better club now."

He's right. The Reds have won six games in a row and lead the NL Central by 3 1/2 games. They sport a 3-3 record against the Dodgers this season. That said, the Reds are 16-35 on the West Coast over the last five seasons.

The Reds are hoping Homer Bailey can solve the puzzle in Los Angeles. In his last start, Bailey threw six scoreless innings, allowing only three singles, walking none and striking out three. The win helped vault the Reds back into first place in the NL Central.

The Dodgers will counter with Carlos Monasterios, who will make his ninth start of the season. Vicente Padilla was originally scheduled to pitch but is expected to be placed on the disabled list on Friday with a neck injury.

The Dodgers could use a fine start from Monasterios. Including Thursday night's 2-0 win against the Rockies, the Dodgers have won four of their last 10 games.

As for Baker, he will not be surprised to see his club snap their recent losing streak in Los Angeles.

"Besides, '12' is my lucky number," he said.

Reds: Streaking at the plate
Ramon Hernandez has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games and is batting .364 since coming off the DL on July 22. ... Drew Stubbs extended his hitting streak to seven games on Thursday and is hitting .385 during that stretch. ... Paul Janish has hit safely in five straight games. ... Jonny Gomes' single to right field in the fourth inning on Thursday snapped an 0-for-17 skid.

Dodgers: March back to health
The bone scan on Rafael Furcal came back negative and he is expected to progress with his normal rehab Friday. ... Manny Ramirez went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts in five innings in left field for Class A Inland Empire on Thursday in his second rehab start. He has been on the DL since July 17 with a right calf strain. ... Reed Johnson's home run on Thursday was his first since June 19, 2009.

Worth noting
Ryan Theriot has 39 multihit games this season, the most of any Dodgers player. He is batting .299 in 18 games since his July 31 acquisition from the Cubs.

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