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Monday, April 15th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (2-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Eric Stults (1-1, 3.60) Los Angeles - Chad Billingsley (1-0, 1.50)

(Sports Network) - Emotions should be running high at Dodger Stadium on Monday when the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres open a three-game set, just days after their wild brawl.

Prior to the game, though, nobody will be thinking about what transpired last week, as Chavez Ravine will commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier with an onfield celebration that will include Robinson's widow, Rachel, as well as other Major League Baseball and Dodgers dignitaries.

"Jackie Robinson running onto Ebbets Field is not only the most important and powerful moment in Baseball history, but it also changed the course of American history," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig. "Jackie's courage and perseverance made it possible for African Americans and players of all races and ethnicities to compete on the same field."

However, the good feelings will likely end once the game begins.

It was last Thursday when Dodgers' righty Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch in the sixth inning of Los Angeles' 3-2 win. Quentin, who has been plunked more times than anyone per at-bat in the history of baseball, proceeded to charge the mound, triggering a wild melee that left Greinke with a broken left collarbone.

Greinke needed surgery to repair the fracture and will be sidelined at least two months, while Quentin was handed an eight-game suspension. Quentin had planned to appeal the ban, but dropped it on Sunday and won't be in uniform for this series.

"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Quentin. "If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong. Their guy charges the mound being an idiot and our guy is going to be out for however long and their guy is probably going to be playing in three days. It's a joke."

The bad blood boiled over into the parking lot after the game, as Matt Kemp confronted Quentin and had the two had to be restrained as the Dodgers were about to board the team bus.

"It's very difficult," Quentin said. "It's unfortunate that someone got hurt in this instance. But I do believe that I had to protect myself, and I will stand by that statement and at the same time I will begin my suspension."

Getting the call for the Dodgers in Monday's opener will be righty Chad Billingsley, who was impressive his first time out on Wednesday against the Padres. Billingsley showed no ill effects from the elbow injury that cut his season short a year ago or the finger ailment that forced him to start this year on the disabled list, as he surrendered a run and five hits in six innings.

"It definitely feels great to be back out there," said Billingsley. "I was pitching with my fastball and had good command, a good changeup and a good curveball. I made big pitches when I needed to and got a double play to help me out."

Billingsly has faced the Padres 27 times (23 starts) and is 13-8 against them with a 2.58 ERA.

"I've still got to go out and pitch. Commanding the inside part of the plate, you can't be one-dimensional," Billingsley said. "If they issue a warning and a ball gets away and you hit a guy, hopefully the umpires know it's not on purpose. It could be a two-seamer or a breaking ball that slips. You've still got to be able to pitch inside in this game."

Opposing him for the second time in less than a week on Monday will be lefty Eric Stults, who is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. After tossing five scoreless innings to win his first start, Stults allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

"It was a battle," said Stults, who needed 101 pitches to get through five innings. "Early on, I got hurt on a couple of pitches I left up. But they're a good hitting team."

He's 0-1 in two starts versus the Dodgers with a 4.09 ERA.

"Honestly, I would be surprised if there's a carryover," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "That's my own personal opinion. Awareness is heightened on previous incidents, and both teams were talked to about the ramifications of further incidents. It truly will be baseball first."

Los Angeles took two of three from the Padres last week after winning last year's season series, 11-7.

04/15 10:23:59 ET

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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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MIA 94
CHA 93
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MIA 94
CHA 93
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MEM 107
LAC 91
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BOS 88
POR 94
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OKC 86
GSW 91
 
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LAL 11
DEN 6
 
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GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
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ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
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FAIR 80
SD 72
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EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
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DEN 80
COPST 54
 
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UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
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CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
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LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
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SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
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KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
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UCF 76
USCU 69
 
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SCAR 63
AKR 68
 
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WVU 78
UCONN 68
 
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CALST 70
DEL 52
 
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HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
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OSU 106
SHU 48
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VANDY 78
TENST 46
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NE 65
MAN 51
 
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COLST 73
MERC 60
 
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MISS 65
NARZ 51
 
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WASH 62
PAC 53
 
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
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CHAR 28
MIAMI 30
 
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UCI 26
 
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ILLST 24
ODU 10
 
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MONT
 
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WIN 2
STL 4
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NYR 5
MON 0
 
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ANA 2
ARI 0
 
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VAN 0
CHI 0
 
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HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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SFX 17
WAS 13
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NYG 21
DAL 10