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Preview: Rockies (8-9) at Dodgers (10-6)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: May 01, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

After Hanley Ramirez provided a boost in his return, the Los Angeles Dodgers hope Josh Beckett can do the same while avoiding a career-worst season-opening winless drought.

Beckett again looks to pick up his elusive first win on Wednesday night when the Dodgers try to take two of three at home from the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies.

In his first start of the season, Ramirez made an instant impact by going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double to help Los Angeles (13-13) cruise to a 6-2 win on Tuesday.

Ramirez started at shortstop after opening the season on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb suffered during the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He improved his batting average to .365 over his last 14 meetings with the Rockies.

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The Dodgers will try to finish with a 4-2 homestand while picking up another game on the Rockies (16-11) in the series finale.

After allowing nine runs in 19 1-3 innings over his first three outings, Beckett (0-3, 4.75 ERA) has given up that many in 11 innings in his last two. The right-hander has also allowed eight home runs, which ranks among the most in the majors.

Beckett will try to avoid going winless through his first six starts for the first time in his 13-year career.

"He's throwing the ball great and he's kept us in games,' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "We just haven't been able to get those extra runs to get him a W.'

Beckett is 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA in nine career starts against the Rockies, including a 13-1 win in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series while with Boston. He surrendered just one run and six hits over six innings in a 7-1 win over Colorado last September.

Beckett may have to deal with Troy Tulowitzki, who is expected to play after missing his second straight game with a shoulder injury.

The star shortstop has a .308 average with six homers and a team-high 22 RBIs, though he's just 2 for 16 with one RBI in his last four games at Chavez Ravine.

"I think I can talk them into making sure that I'm in there," he told the team's official website. "I can't handle watching any more games."

Carlos Gonzalez hit his first homer since April 16 on Tuesday and is 6 for 13 in the last three meetings.

Dexter Fowler is batting .400 (14 for 35) during a nine-game hitting streak that's raised his average to .305.

The Rockies, who fell to 2-4 on a seven-game road trip that concludes on Wednesday, look to regroup behind unbeaten right-hander Juan Nicasio.

Nicasio (3-0, 4.65 ERA) hasn't been able to go deep into games, but has allowed three earned runs and seven hits in 9 1-3 innings in his last two starts. He pitched well in his last appearance at Dodger Stadium, striking out nine and allowing one run over seven innings in a 2-1 loss on May 12.

Andre Ethier has hit Nicasio hard with seven hits - including a homer and a double - in 11 career at_bats, while Matt Kemp is 10 for 22 with four homers in his last six home games against the Rockies.

Carl Crawford (hamstring) was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday, but is likely to be back in left field.

The Dodgers have won five of six at home in this series.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rockies at Dodgers
Mon, Apr 29 Final 12 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rockies at Dodgers
Tue, Apr 30 Final 2 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rockies at Dodgers
Wed, May 1 Final 7 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +132   -170   7.5 
 LAD  -142   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +134   -165   7.5 
 LAD  -144   +145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  35%   11%   81% 
 LAD  65%   89%   19% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Over: 8 
 LAD 6 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 12 Cover: +145 
 LAD 2 Over: 14 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 7 Cover: +130 
 LAD 6 Over: 13 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 6 Cover: +100 
 COL 1 Over: 7 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, May 1
 
    Mets at Marlins
12:40 PM EDT
    Twins at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Brewers
1:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cardinals
1:45 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Astros at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Orioles at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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