Yesterday in Dodger baseball -- April 10

It was a Black Day in the Dodger Nation as all teams save Las Vegas -- who were rained out -- lost their games. But you didn't have to be Pollyanna to see the bright side of things. Derek Lowe was hit about the elbow by a vicious line drive that might have broken all sorts of bones but didn't. It his above the elbow and while it was extremely painful, trainers say he shouldn't miss a start.

PHOENIX, Arizona--The Dodgers have never swept the Diamondbacks in Arizona -- and they kept that streak alive Sunday but considered themselves lucky they didn't end up with another pitcher on the disabled list. Starter Derek Lowe took a line drive off his pitching arm Sunday but considered himself "lucky" to have a contusion and not a fracture. The bullpen, whose earned run average ballooned to 6.41, struggled. Rule 5 rookie D.J. Houlton battled out of a bases-loaded mess left by Lowe, Kelly Wunsch allowed a home run to former Dodger Shawn Green and Duaner Sanchez took the loss by allowing a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to crack a 4-4 tie. Sanchez was given the rotating title of closer because Yhency Brazoban pitched the previous two days, Giovanni Carrara has a strained hamstring and Eric Gagné is disabled for who knows how long. Lowe left trailing, 3-1 after the line drive banged off his arm just above the elbow -- actually the triceps tendon. L.A. scored in the first inning on a wild pitch and closed to 3-2 in the fifth when they could have blown the game open. Jeff Kent, Jose Valentin, Jason Grabowski singled in succession and Jason Phillips walked to force in a run. But See-Seop Choi popped out and pinch-hitter Milton Bradley hit into a double play. Shawn Green homered off Wunsch --his second HR against the Dodgers in two days -- to make it 4-2 but Jason Repko boomed a shot into the left field seats with Cesar Izturis on base. This time Izturis touched third and Repko got not only his first homer but his first RBI. The Dodgers got two on in the eighth and the leadoff man on in the ninth but couldn't push any of them across. Days off Monday and Thursday could rest a bullpen that has been used 13 times in the last three games.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodgers trainer Stan Johnston said Lowe would probably not miss a start. … The game also included J.D. Drew's first two hits of the season after an 0-for-25 start, boosting his average to .079 from, well, .000, and a pinch-single by Norihiro Nakamura in his Major League debut. The Japanese third baseman's contract was purchased by the Dodgers replacing utility infielder Antonio Perez, who strained a hamstring Friday night. Nori singled in his first major league at-bat. Nakamura corrected the thought that he considered refusing to report to Triple-A when he was caught in a numbers crunch and failed to make the Opening Day roster. "That was created by the Japanese media," he said. "I came to America for one reason, to play in the Major Leagues. It's an unbelievable feeling at first. It happened kind of quicker than I expected." Nakamura played in three games for Las Vegas, starting two at first base and batting cleanup, and he had two home runs. … Perez is the sixth Dodger to be placed on the disabled list, joining Wilson Alvarez, Darren Dreifort, Eric Gagné, Brad Penny and Jayson Werth. … Kent leads the Dodgers with a .458 average, followed by Izturis (.404) and Valentin (.389). At the other end of the list is Choi (.067) and Drew, Milton Bradley, who made a game-saving catch in the eighth inning Saturday, did not start. He said he was a little beat up and with the day off Monday will have a couple of days to heal up. … Disabled pitchers Brad Penny (shoulder) and Wilson Alvarez (arm nerve) are scheduled to throw Monday in Dodgertown. Penny could make a Florida State League rehabilitation start but the Dodgers are letting him decide when he's ready for that. … Jayson Werth will have his broken wrist examined in Los Angeles Monday.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- rained out.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--A pair of three-run innings dumped Jacksonville 6-2. First baseman Nick Alvarez got the Suns on the board in the seventh with a solo home run and a bases loaded walk to catcher Russell Martin pushed over the final Jacksonville run. Alvarez led off with a single and Brian Sprout banged a two-our double in the ninth but couldn't score. Starter Eric Hull (0-1) allowed the first two runs by the Barons. They added three more runs in the ninth off reliever Glenn Bott. Hull worked 4.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out four. Olson, in his first outing since May 2002 after recovering from elbow surgery, threw 2.2 innings giving up one run on two hits and striking out three. Sprout added a single later in the game.

VERO BEACH, Florida--St. Lucie shuts out Vero for the second time and added three home runs to come away with a solid, 7-0 win at Holman Stadium. It was the Dodgers their third straight loss and second straight shutout. The Mets blanked Vero hitters for six innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced and gave up just two hits while striking out eight batters and walking none. Leadoff man Tony Abreu had two hits and Justin Ruggiano banged a double for the only Dodger hits, as they dropped to 1-3 on the season. Hong-Chih Kuo (0-1) made his first start of the season and took the loss. He allowed the first two runs of the game while fanning four. Danny Muegge, Mike Rodriguez and Chad Bailey followed him on the mound.

SAVANNAH, Georgia--The Catfish built a 1-0 in the top of the first at Savannah, but they couldn't hold the lead, losing 4-1 to the Sand Gnats on Sunday afternoon. The Catfish (1-2) lost their first series of the year after the opener was rained out. Jamie Hoffman walked, stole second and scored on a single by Blake DeWitt but that was the only time they could break into the scoring column. Savannah tied it with a home run off starter Luis Guerra, who allowed only a single run in four innings, striking out six and giving just only three hits. Chris Malone surrendered a homer four innings later and then surrendered a two-run home run to close out the scoring. DeWitt added another single later in the game to boost his average to .364. James Peterson singled twice and Lucas May collected the only other Catfish hit. Wesley Wright worked a scoreless inning.

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