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7/08-Marlins at Dodgers-4:10 PM-Olsen v.s. Hendrickson


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Scott Olsen: 6-6 5.01 ERA 81K/49BB 1.62 WHIP



Mark Hendrickson: 2-4 4.05 ERA 58K/22BB 1.31 WHIP


The Florida Marlins are picking up momentum as the first half of the season comes to an end.


They'll be trying for their first-ever series sweep at Dodger Stadium as they wrap up a three-game set with a slumping Los Angeles team on Sunday.


The Marlins (42-46) have won three straight and will match their longest winning streak of the season with a win in Sunday's finale. They haven't swept the Dodgers since taking three games against them in Florida Sept. 6-8, 1999.


The Marlins beat the Dodgers (48-40) 7-2 on Saturday and are a victory away from their third three-game sweep this season. The first two also came on the road, against the Cubs and Devil Rays.


Hanley Ramirez has keyed Florida so far in this series. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles Saturday after homering twice and driving in the eventual winning run with a bunt single in the 10th inning the night before in a 6-5 win.


"It's no secret, he can play," starter Sergio Mitre, who earned Saturday's win, told the Marlins' official team Web site about Ramirez. "He can run, throw and hit. As long as he keeps doing that, I don't think anybody can stop him. If he doesn't hit, he will help you in the infield. When he can put all the things together -- steal bases, play defense, hit -- he's pretty unreal."


The Dodgers, meanwhile, have dropped a season high-tying four straight games for the third time. They haven't lost five in a row since an eight-game slide July 19-26 last season.


James Loney had four hits Saturday for Los Angeles, which fell two games behind NL West-leading San Diego. The Padres beat Atlanta on Saturday.


The Dodgers will start Mark Hendrickson (2-4, 4.05 ERA) on three days' rest as manager Grady Little tries to coax his injury-depleted and overworked pitching staff to the All-Star break.


"This last week we've run into a buzzsaw here with the fact that three times they've (the starters) gone five innings, once four and once three," Little told the Dodgers' official Web site.


Hendrickson was plucked from the bullpen to make his first start since May 31 on Wednesday and allowed two runs in five innings of a 5-2 loss to Atlanta.


"We feel like he went as far as he could there with the pitches he was allowed and got a couple breaks," Little said. "Maybe he could have gone to the sixth. He was outstanding. He gave us everything we could have asked for."


Hendrickson is 2-4 with a 4.69 ERA in nine starts. He is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins and allowed five runs -- three earned -- in 4 2-3 innings without receiving a decision in the Dodgers' 6-5 loss in Florida on May 8.


The Marlins will counter with Scott Olsen (6-6, 5.01), who gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings Tuesday but did not receive a decision in the Marlins' 6-4 win in San Diego. Florida has won each of his last three starts and five of the past six.


However, Olsen continued to struggle on the road, where he is 2-4 with a 5.66 ERA in nine starts. He hasn't won away from home since April 30 against the New York Mets, going 0-3 in his last six road starts. Olsen's only previous start against the Dodgers came on Aug. 6, when he allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 home loss.




Tonight we become Legends

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H. Ramirez ss

D. Uggla 2b

M. Cabrera 3b

J. Willingham lf

T. Linden rf

J. Wood 1b

M. Treanor c

A. Amezaga cf




deffinatly have the question why Amezaga isn't leading off with a lineup like that

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