The Dodgers send one of the best daytime pitchers in baseball to the hill in facing off against the NL Central-leading Reds.

Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati had its season-high seven-game win streak snapped in Saturday’s 8-5 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.  The Reds lead is now 3 1/2 games in the NL Central race with the Cardinals grabbing a victory over the Giants.  “You get spoiled winning,” Baker said.  “When you’re winning a lot, you think you’re going to win every game even though you know you’re not.”  The club is 4-4 on the West Coast this season, but is still a dismal 17-36 on the West Coast over the last five seasons, which included a 12-game losing streak at today’s venue.  Cincinnati has compiled a 22-11 record since the All-Star break that gives them the second-best record in the majors over that span.  The Reds have also produced a 14-2-1 mark in their last 17 series.  It’s important to note the team is just 8-11 when playing winning opponents in the second half of the season (-330).

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Tonight’s pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium is arguably the best you’ll find all season in the National League West.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

San Francisco moved into second place in the National League West with Monday’s 5-2 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they sit four games behind the division-leading Padres.  The Giants are still just 2-5 against the Dodgers this season and the team is a dismal 10-20 against divisional opponents (-1,300).  The numbers get even worse considering the team is 4-11 in road games against the West in 2010.  The club has now won 10 of its last 12 contests and are the second-hottest team in the Majors since July 3rd, posting an 11-3 record.  The pitching staff has led the charge out of the All-Star break, especially the starting rotation tossing five consecutive quality starts.  It’s been an even venture when the team is a road underdog of +100 to +125, posting an 8-8 record this season (+60) and 27-27 mark over the last three years (+330).

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All eyes will be on former Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez with the Dodgers looking to avoid a sweep in this interleague clash.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

Los Angeles is set to play its sixth game (2-3) of a nine-game road trip, as the team looks to avoid being swept by Boston.  “You know you’re in a fight when you play in this ballpark,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.  The club is five games into a stretch of playing 15 of 18 games on the road.  Tonight’s television coverage will certainly center around OF Manny Ramirez’s return to Beantown.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles on July 31, 2008, the Dodgers have a 163-121 record, the best mark in the NL over that span.  In two games this weekend at Fenway, Ramirez is 3-for-9 with a home run and RBI.  The team finds itself a game back of the division-leading San Diego Padres going into tonight’s game.

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A pair of veteran right-handers are on display in the second game of this interleague series between two historic franchises.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

Los Angeles fell 10-6 in the series opener against Boston at Fenway Park and has dropped five straight in interleague play.  This series marks just the second time the two teams have met at here, with the first coming on June 11-13, 2004, when Boston took two out of three.  The Dodgers are four games into a stretch where 15 of 18 games will be played on the road (2-2).  Of course this series is highlighted by OF Manny Ramirez returning to Boston after spending 7 1/2 seasons in front of the Green Monster.  “Manny is certainly going to have a lot of emotions here,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.  “This was a huge part of his career.”  Since Ramirez’ arrival in Los Angeles, the club has posted a 163-120 record, the best mark in the National League.

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Today we spotlight a great matchup in each league before the focus turns to interleague baseball this weekend.

Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

Minnesota is 2-4 on its current road trip, after dropping Wednesday night’s game, 3-2, to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The Twins now have a 6-7 record against the American League East, their only losing record against a division this season (15-8 vs. Central, 3-1 vs. West).  Ending the current road trip in winning fashion may prove difficult, with the team now having lost six straight games at Fenway Park to the Red Sox.   However, they do find themselves in a favorable position on Thursday, facing a left-handed starter.  The Twins are 9-3 (+620) versus southpaws during the 2010 season and the opposing starter has yet to pick up a career win against them in his career.  Minnesota is batting .295 overall against left-handers – good for second in the majors to only the New York Yankees.  C Joe Mauer (.390) and Justin Morneau (.382) lead the way in that category.

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Okay, baseball fans, we are just about there—baseball’s midpoint. Actually, the All-Star break comes a bit past the midpoint of the season. Each team has already played over 81 games. It’s been an interesting season (to say the least). Here are a few observations.

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I don’t understand where Manny’s head is at right now. He threw a tantrum yesterday after getting struck out and got himself chucked out of the game. He was in a bad mood all day and didn’t seem to understand why the New York crowd was booing his every move. What does he expect? It’s like the guy has no sense at all of what he did – he seems like he just got a free 50 day vacation. Idiot.

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Three quick thoughts to end the week:

Joe Torre said today that he doesn’t think that Manny Ramirez should play in the all-star game if he gets voted in. I’d go a step further – if the fans vote Manny into the all-star game then MLB should immediately ban people from entering every stadium in the league. It would be better to play in empty stadiums then to let people who are stupid enough to vote a suspended druggie into the all-star game make the team. This would make a mockery of the all-star game. Of course, the mockery ship sailed years ago when it come to all-star games.

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Day one of the post-Manny world was rocky for his Dodgers. The good news was that they scored nine runs. The bad news was that that was only against the lowly Nationals, and it wasn’t enough runs to win. There’s not much in that game that can be blamed on the loss of Manny directly, and we didn’t learn that much, but losing to the Nats is never a good thing.

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After reading the news yesterday and reading my colleague’s insightful blog on Manny Ramirez, I had to chime in on the situation. Just when you think the air may be clear in MLB, it clouds up again with accusations and evidence of wrongdoing. Because it’s baseball the effects are huge on the game, the world of sports betting and society. (Yes, even society.)

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