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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, September 20th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (88-65) at San Diego Padres (71-81), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Edinson Volquez (9-11, 5.94) San Diego - Robbie Erlin (2-3, 5.18)

(Sports Network) - With the NL West title already locked up, Friday's opener of a three-game set with the San Diego Padres won't have much meaning in the grand scheme of things for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Edinson Volquez insists that is the case as well, even if he will be facing his former club for the first time since being released by the Padres on Aug. 27.

Volquez made the Opening Day start for San Diego this season, but was just 9-10 with a 6.01 earned run average in 27 starts before the Padres parted ways with the righty. He joined the Dodgers shortly afterwards and has gone 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four games (3 starts).

San Diego acquired Volquez from the Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 17, 2011 as part of package for Mat Latos.

"Another game," Volquez told MLB.com of facing the Padres, who he is 1-1 against lifetime with a 2.21 ERA.

The 30-year-old did not factor into a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on Sunday, giving up three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and has fanned 16 to one walk in three starts with the Dodgers.

Los Angeles will take the field for the first time since clinching its first NL West title since 2009 with a 7-6 win over Arizona on Thursday. It completed an epic comeback for the Dodgers, who were 9 1/2 games out of first place on June 22.

The Dodgers squandered a 3-0 lead and rallied from a three-run deficit, with A.J. Ellis' leadoff homer in the eighth inning breaking the 6-6 tie. Hanley Ramirez clubbed two homers and drove in four runs as part of a 4-for-5 performance for Los Angeles, which became just the fourth club all-time to go from being in last place on July 1st or later to finishing in first place.

"It feels good, it really does," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "I'm a guy that doesn't show a lot of emotion and I really try to keep it even, but this is a great accomplishment for these guys."

The Dodgers had lost six of eight before Thursday's win and will try to round into form against Robbie Erlin, who is 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA in nine games (7 starts) this year with the Padres.

Eyeing a 2014 spot in the rotation, Erlin is coming off a tough-luck 2-1 loss to Atlanta on Saturday. The 22-year-old lefty gave up both runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings.

"In the later innings, (my pitch count) crept up, resulting in a home run and base hits," Erlin said. "But I'm feeling more confident with my offspeed pitches."

Erlin faces the Dodgers for the first time.

San Diego had won four straight ahead of yesterday's 10-1 loss to Pittsburgh. The Padres concluded a 10-game road trip 6-4.

"We played real good baseball and we won like six games on the road," San Diego shortstop Ronny Cedeno said. "We'll still keep playing."

The Dodgers have won five in a row versus the Padres and lead the season series 9-7.

09/20 10:43:58 ET

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Scoreboard
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ORL 31
CHA 33
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
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CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
 
2nd
ORL 31
CHA 33
 
2nd
BOS 58
GSW 34
 
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IND 35
PHI 28
 
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SAC 34
POR 41
 
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LAL 9
OKC 14
 
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DEN
NOP
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NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
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PETE 68
IONA 60
 
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RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
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MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
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UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
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WAKE 17
PITT 13
 
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OREG
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OSU
PURD
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COL
ARST
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UCLA
WASU
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WIN 5
LOS 2
 
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PIT 4
CLB 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
TAM 1
 
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WAS
TOR
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DAL
ANA
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STL