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08/29/10 1:42 PM ET

Dodgers set to chase Phils without Manny

If the Dodgers are going to find their way into the postseason this year, they'll have to do it without Manny Ramirez.

Ramirez's days in Dodger blue ended on Monday, when Los Angeles let him go to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim.

The Manny era in Los Angeles is over, but there's still plenty to play for.

Every game is a big game for the Dodgers from now on and here's why: They are still chasing the visiting Phillies for the National League Wild Card lead and trail Philadelphia by 6 1/2 games. The first-place Padres lead the Dodgers in the NL West by 10 games.

Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda can help the Dodgers faithful forget about Ramirez, at least temporarily, when he takes the mound Monday. In his previous start, Kuroda gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings for the win against the Brewers. He's only 2-6 in his past 10 starts.

As for the Phils, they are fresh off a three-game sweep in San Diego and are far from conceding the NL East -- they're two games behind the Braves after each team was victorious on Sunday.

Every game matters for the Phillies, too.

Cole Hamels shined in Sunday's win, clamping down on the Padres, and Philly will have its ace, Roy Halladay, on the hill on Monday. He will be seeking his 17th victory after coming up short in his previous outing, a loss to the Astros. Halladay tossed seven frames of three-run ball in that game.

Without Ramirez around, Halladay will have one less dangerous hitter to contend with Monday.

Phillies: Broom for more
The Phillies completed their eighth series sweep of the season with Sunday's win over the Padres. Of their eight sweeps, four have come on the road and four have come at Citizens Bank Park. Their previous road sweep came Aug. 3-5 against the Marlins in Florida. In 2009, the Phils notched 10 sweeps, five on the road and five at home.

Dodgers: Ethier doubles up
Andre Ethier tallied his 30th double of the season on Saturday, becoming the first Dodgers player since Shawn Green (2000-03) to do so. Ethier ranks fifth in the NL in doubles since 2007, behind only Albert Pujols, David Wright, Hanley Ramirez and Derrek Lee.

Worth noting
Despite the grind of a long season, there's no rest in sight for the weary. The Phillies began a stretch of 24 games in 23 days on Aug. 17, and their next scheduled off-day is Sept. 9. ... With Sunday's win, the Phils improved to one game over .500 on the road, 33-32. ... Philadelphia has won 10 of its past 11 day games. ... On Aug. 29, 2006, the Dodgers started and ended their game with a home run, the only time they've done so in franchise history. Rafael Furcal led off the game against the Reds with a blast, and Ramon Martinez ended it with a walk-off shot in the 16th.

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