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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, August 30 (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (76-59) at San Diego Padres (63-70), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (13-8, 2.79) San Diego - Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.75)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers look to bounce back when they resume a three-game series Saturday with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Dodgers lost Friday's opener, 3-2, in 12 innings and saw their lead atop the NL West shrink to 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. Yasmani Grandal's RBI single off Kevin Correia lifted the Padres to victory and halted LA's winning streak at two games.

Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, and injured his left leg in the sixth inning. He is day-to-day.

"I'm sure he's going to be sore tomorrow," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Ramirez has been plagued by injuries all season for the Dodgers, who had won six of their previous eight games. LA is still a strong 42-27 on the road.

Justin Turner recorded three hits and Yasiel Puig was not in the starting lineup. Puig, though, did pinch-hit in the seventh, but struck out swinging to end the inning. He is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

"I can't say what he needs," Mattingly said. "I've seen guys here early, I've seen guys in the Hall of Fame that get to the park late, get ready to play, and go. There's not any one way to do it. He has to figure out his way and get ready. He needs the mental approach to keep his body good and his mind right. It's a balance."

Dan Haren got the start for Los Angeles on Friday and gave up two runs -- one earned -- in six innings.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hopes to string back-to-back wins together Saturday and ended a four-start winless (0-2) drought in last Saturday's 7-4 win over the New York Mets. Greinke was shaky at times and allowed four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in seven innings.

Greinke, who was only 1-4 in his previous five decisions before beating the Mets, is 13-8 with a 2.79 earned run average. The right-hander has a 6-6 mark in 14 road starts and is unbeaten (4-0) in six career starts against the Padres with a 2.00 ERA.

He defeated San Diego on April 1, tossing five innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 victory at Petco Park.

The Padres have won three in a row and four of their last five games. Grandal delivered the game-winning hit last night, while Rene Rivera and Alexi Amarista finished with two hits and an RBI apiece.

"I didn't have my best day today, but made good contact on the ball and was able to get the base hit at the end," said Grandal, who was 1-for-5.

Andrew Cashner struck out eight batters and did not allow a walk in six solid innings, charged with one run and six hits. Tim Stauffer picked up the win.

San Diego, which has a 15-10 record in August, is 37-28 at home and 3-1 on an 11-day, 10-game homestand. Arizona will visit the Padres next for four games.

Since June 29, the Padres have won 18 of their last 23 games at Petco Park.

Ian Kennedy will start opposite of Greinke Saturday night and has alternated wins and losses in his last four starts. Kennedy gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win at Arizona last Sunday and has allowed three or more runs in each of the past three trips to the mound.

Kennedy has a 10-11 mark with a 3.75 ERA and is 4-5 in 13 home starts. In 15 career starts against the Dodgers, the right-hander is 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA. Kennedy is winless (0-2) in four starts against Los Angeles this season.

The Dodgers are 9-5 against the Friars this season.

08/30 10:25:58 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
4th
MIN 87
IND 87
 
4th
OKC 99
NOP 99
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
 
3rd
BOS 2
BUF 2
 
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
3rd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
1st
ARI 0
SEA 0