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Marlins Swim Away with First Two Games of Pre-Break Series

The All-Star break quickly approaches, and the heat is on for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. They're a game and a half behind the division-leading Diamondbacks after two losses (5-4 on Thursday, July 10th, and 3-1 on Friday, July 11th) to the Florida Marlins, who are within a game of the Phillies for the lead in the NL East.

LA Dodgers hatsThursday's game was a squeaker until the end, with 4 consecutive innings of scoreless ball until Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez said enough is enough and blasted a solo shot off of Dodger pitcher Brian Falkenborg. Ramirez had five hits in the game, following that up with a 1 for 2 performance in the 3-1 victory on Friday.

The losses come at a very crucial time in a race with the Diamondbacks that has been tighter than sumo in a phone booth. Just three days ago, the two teams were tied for first place as the Dodgers took two out of three from Atlanta, sending the Braves back east to Georgia and south in the NL East standings. The Dodgers are now 0-2 since the series with Atlanta, and heads are being scratched over the turn of events.

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Although the consistency memo took a back seat in the Dodgers' clubhouse for the first two games against Florida, there's no need to kick dirt. On the mound tonight for the Dodgers is Hiroki Kuroda, who has 57 strikeouts and 2 shutouts on the year, which is really not a bad resume when you're only halfway through a Major League season. The two teams will square off one more time tomorrow to finish off the first half of the season. After that, it's on to Yankee Stadium and the All-Star game for catcher Russell Martin. The season resumes for the Dodgers on Friday, July 18th against--who else--the Diamondbacks! This huge three-game set in Arizona is sure to bring more ink to this Dodger corner!



By Tim Gaffney
Los Angeles Dodgers Correspondent

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