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Preview: Dodgers (60-45) at Padres (51-54)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: August 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
  

Hyun-jin Ryu figures to be facing the perfect opponent as he returns Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

The problem is that the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't produced much at the plate in this weekend series.

The 13-game winner will try to help Los Angeles avoid a three-game sweep as he opposes San Diego's Eric Stults, who beat his former team earlier this month.

Plenty of Dodgers fans like to make the short trip down Interstate 5 for these matchups against their closest NL West rivals. They haven't enjoyed what they have seen this weekend.

San Diego (64-70) won 3-2 in 12 innings Friday and 2-1 in 10 on Saturday. The Padres have won four straight, with the last three in extra innings - they have never played four consecutive extra-inning contests.

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'This is another game that sort of builds confidence for our guys and they realize we can beat a first-place team,' manager Bud Black said.

Los Angeles (76-60) is on the brink of being swept in San Diego for the first time since Sept. 6-8, 2010. The Dodgers are 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position in a series in which leadoff hitter Dee Gordon is 0 for 11.

'I think the main thing we've seen is, we're not swinging the bats as good and it goes back to giving the other guys credit,' manager Don Mattingly said. 'They did a nice job with us and they always have."

His club's NL West lead over San Francisco has been cut to 2 1/2 games.

The Dodgers could get a boost from Ryu (13-6, 3.28 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.

He will be back on the mound after being out since Aug. 13 due to a right hip strain. Ryu lost that day to Atlanta, ending a stretch in which he was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA over his previous five outings.

The left-hander can move into a tie for the major league lead with his 10th road victory. He is 9-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 road outings.

Extra rest should also benefit him since Ryu is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five 2014 starts with at least six days' rest.

Stults (6-14, 4.63) presents a formidable opponent despite being one defeat shy of the most in the majors. He is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this year, yielding one run over five innings to earn a 4-1 road win Aug. 20.

The left-hander began his career with the Dodgers from 2006-09. Los Angeles is a major league-best 22-11 against southpaws.

Yasiel Puig is 6 for 11 against Stults and Hanley Ramirez is 6 for 15.

Both those hitters were in Saturday's lineup. Puig, who is in a 1-for-22 slump, did not start Friday since Mattingly said the outfielder seems frustrated.

Ramirez went 0 for 5 after he was originally out of the lineup Saturday after hurting his left leg the night before.

Alexi Amarista and Rene Rivera have four hits apiece in this series for the Padres, seeking their third five-game win streak.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Dodgers at Padres
Fri, Aug 29 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Dodgers at Padres
Sat, Aug 30 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 3
Dodgers at Padres
Sun, Aug 31 Final 7 to 1
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  -170   -105   7 
 SDG  +155   -115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  -180   -105   7 
 SDG  +160   -115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAD  90%   95%   42% 
 SDG  10%   5%   58% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 30, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 1 Under: 3 
 SDG « 2 Cover: +130 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Aug 29, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 2 Under: 5 
 SDG « 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Aug 21, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 1 Under: 3 
 LAD « 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Aug 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG « 4 Cover: +121 
 LAD 1 Under: 5 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Aug 19, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 6 Over: 14 
 LAD « 8 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Jul 13, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 0 Under: 1 
 LAD « 1 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Jul 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 0 Under: 1 
 LAD « 1 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Jul 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG « 6 Cover: +102 
 LAD 3 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Jul 10, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 1 Under: 3 
 LAD « 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Jun 22, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD « 2 Cover: +100 
 SDG 1 Under: 3 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Aug 31
 
  •  Yankees at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
  •  Phillies at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
  •  Twins at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
  •  Reds at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
  •  Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
  •  Tigers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
  •  Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
  •  Cubs at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
  •  Athletics at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
  •  Brewers at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
  •  Nationals at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
  •  Rockies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
  •  Marlins at Braves
5:10 PM EDT
  •  Indians at Royals
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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