Dodgers at Cubs, 11:20 AM PDT, TV: SPNLA, WGN, MLBN (out-of-market only)
The Dodgers start their best and likely only All Star candidate among the starters, Ross Stripling (6-1, 1.76 ERA). In addition to winning six consecutive games, he’s gotten into the seventh inning his last two times out, saving the bullpen some work. He’ll face another All Star candidate in 34-year-old veteran John Lester (8-2, 2.28 ERA). Lester’s won his last four road starts, but that doesn’t mean he’s bad at home: he’s 3-1 at Wrigley Field this year. He’s also 4-0 in day games. He’s given up just eight hits in his last 20 innings. For comparison, Stripling has given up 12 hits in his last 18.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 2008 In recognition of their significant contributions to the community, the Dodgers become the first sports franchise to be honored by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The team receives an Award of Excellence star, which is placed in the Walk of Fame, which includes a constellation of celebrities, real and fictional, who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry.
- 2009 Jeff Weaver beats his kid brother Jered when the visiting Dodgers best the Halos, 6-5, at Angel Stadium. The Northridge, California natives become the eighth set of siblings in major league history to start against one another.
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