Dodgers @ Padres June 20, 2014: Top that, Dan Haren

petco_park_opener2013While Dan Haren has no chance of matching, or even coming close to, duplicating what Clayton Kershaw did the other night, but he can go a long way in helping the Dodgers continue their solid play of late.

Dodgers
Padres
7:10 pm PT
San Diego, CA
2B
Gordon
RF
Denorfia
SS
Ramirez
SS
Cabrera
RF
Puig
LF
Smith
1B
Gonzalez
C
Grandal
LF
Kemp
1B
Medica
CF
Ethier
CF
Maybin
3B
Turner
3B
Amarista
C
Ellis
2B
Peterson
P
Haren (R)
P
Kennedy (R)

The Dodgers have won nine of their last 13 games, have trimmed 5 1/2 games off the Giants’ lead in the NL West and this could finally be the roll fans were waiting for this team to get on.

While the Padres will miss Kershaw and Zack Greinke, that might not matter. The Dodgers have the best rotation in the league and the Padres have scored 27 runs in 17 games this month. That isn’t a typo. They are historically bad offensively, which bodes well for the Blue in this series.

Justin Turner returns to the lineup after not starting since June 12. In each of his last five starts, he’s produced multi-hit games (hat tip to Eric Stephen). But Turner’s return to the starting lineup might be short-lived (and for the best). Juan Uribe is playing six innings at third base in Rancho Cucamonga tonight. He went 2-for-4 as the Quakes’ DH last night in his first rehab game. If all continues to go well, he should be back Monday.

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When you get a chance, go check out the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers’ roster. There is a ton of talent there, including the Dodgers’ first two picks this year (Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo), plus a ton of international signings from the last year-plus. I’ll do a “who to watch” post (like I did with the Ogden Raptors) this weekend.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.