08/21/10 7:46 PM ET
Dodgers look to keep bats rolling vs. Reds
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Ramirez, who was hobbled by a strained right calf, went 0-for-3 in his fist action since July 16 on Saturday, but the Dodgers' offense broke out with four homers in an 8-5 win to snap the first-place Reds' seven-game winning streak.
The Dodgers will look to keep that offense hot when they host the Reds in the series finale on Sunday at Dodger Stadium with left-hander Clayton Kershaw starting opposite right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Kershaw, who has a 3.03 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 157 1/3 innings this season, is coming off an impressive start against the Rockies on Tuesday, when he tossed seven scoreless innings en route to his 11th win of the season.
And Arroyo, who is 13-7 with a 3.87 ERA this year, was also sharp in his latest outing when he held the D-backs to two runs over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday.
Arroyo will try to slow down a Dodgers offense that tied a season high with four homers on Saturday and had back-to-back homers in different innings for the first time since 1996.
"Four home runs, that certainly came out of nowhere," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We certainly knew it was in there. We had some good at-bats."
Reds: Baker balances outfield time
The Reds are carrying six outfielders on their roster and just one backup infielder, so Reds manager Dusty Baker admitted the difficulties of balancing playing time with his glut of outfielders. "It's been challenging," Baker said. "You can't play everybody. You just play who you think will do the best the day or what you need. Jay Bruce, other than yesterday, has been swinging it good. He got hot and hopefully he can stay hot."
Dodgers: Theriot slides into leadoff spot
Ryan Theriot served as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter on Saturday over Jamey Carroll and he made it count by hitting his first home run since joining the Dodgers and his second on the season. "Theriot to me has a little more thump than Jamey," Torre said. "So he's used to hitting at the top. Jamey's pretty much jack of all trades."
Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is often rested for day games that follow night games, but Baker said Rolen will be a game-time decision on Sunday. ... Reds right-hadner Aaron Harang, who hasn't pitched for the Reds since June 30 after he was placed on the disabled list with lower back spasms, made his second rehab start with Triple-A Louisville and allowed six runs over six innings. ... Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal received a cortisone shot and an MRI for his strained back on Saturday morning. If all goes well, Furcal is to travel to Arizona by Monday to continue his rehab at the Dodgers' Spring Training complex but would not immediately resume baseball activities. ... Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will announce his future plans before Sunday's Dodgers game with the Reds, the club confirmed Saturday night.
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