Repko, Jackson Spark 2-1 Dodger Win

SAN DIEGO, California-- Anytime it's Kids Day at the ballpark, the young ones enjoy themselves. Saturday in San Diego, the kids were all over the field, with Manager Jim Tracy starting eight of them and pitching another five. And along with many Dodger fans starving for a win or two before the season ends, they did enjoy things, winning 2-1.

Edwin Jackson started and limited the Padres to three hits and one run over five innings before leaving with back spasms. Jon Broxton picked up the win with a hitless inning and was followed by a swarm of equally-hitless reliever Steve Schmoll, Yhency Brazoban, Hong-Chic Kuo and Duaner Sanchez, who saved his eighth game.

Jason Repko figured in both Dodger runs, smacking his eighth home run in the fifth inning to break a 0-0 tie, then scoring the winning run in the seventh on Willy Aybar's double.

Tracy announced he would have another serving of rookies in the final game this afternoon against the Padres as the Dodgers close out their disappointing season.

The game may well be Tracy's finale as the Dodger skipper. Rumors that he will leave if not granted a contract extension come from every corner.

But for this day, the win snapped a four-game losing streak and Tracy was lavish with his praise of his young players.

"I'm extremely pleased with the way Edwin Jackson performed. He has an opportunity to go home on a very positive note," Tracy said of the 22-year-old, who will have a chance to win a spot in the rotation next spring.

Tracy, cited improvement of command and consistency as the key, while reminding reporters that Jackson has suffered from expectations he set with a winning debut on his 20th birthday.

"As long as he keeps his focus and continues to realize there is no real opportunity to be satisfied and he maintains that hunger," said Tracy, "he could wind up being a real good pitcher in the Major Leagues."

Jackson allowed a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning to former Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park before Jackson's obvious discomfort brought Tracy and pitching coach Jim Colborn to the mound.

Jackson said he is considering playing a month of winter ball in Venezuela or the Dominican Republic to assure he shows up at Spring Training in top shape, mentally and physically.

Repko was the surprise of 2005, making the Opening Day roster because of the injury to Jayson Werth. Although his rookie season has been erratic offensively, he credits a stance adjustment for a recent 9-for-29 (.310) spurt.

Tracy lauded Repko's hustle on a play that resulted in the seventh-inning. Repko followed Mike Edwards' leadoff single with a grounder to third, but he beat out Mark Loretta's relay to first. Pinch-hitter Jose Valentin followed with a walk and Aybar cashed in Repko with a double.

"Tracy said Sunday's starting lineup will include Aybar at second, Antonio Perez at third, Hee-Seop Choi at first, Oscar Robles at short, Mike Rose behind the plate and Repko, Jayson Werth and Mike Edwards in the outfield.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Tracy's employment status continues to be the subject of media speculation. One report had the Dodgers pondering whether to fire Tracy or give him a one-year contract extension by Tuesday. But general manager Paul DePodesta said keeping Tracy as manager without an extension also remains a possibility. …Second baseman Jeff Kent will not start on Sunday. "He's done. That's enough," said Tracy. "He's given this manager anything and everything that can be asked of one player." …By skipping his last start to rest a tired forearm, Brad Penny cost himself a $25,000 performance bonus. …Paul Bako, continuing his rehabilitation from knee surgery, rejoined the club for the last series after surviving Hurricane Rita in his Lafayette, La., home. …Catcher Paul Bako said casual conversations he's had with DePodesta indicated the club is interested in re-signing him. …Elmer Dessens is scheduled to start Sunday's season finale.

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