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   One victory in his last four starts was not good enough to keep Brett Tomko in the Dodgers' starting rotation. Manager Grady Little said on Wednesday that Tomko will move to the bullpen on Friday and remain there indefinitely.

   The Dodgers have two days off in a span of five days, so the need for a fifth starting pitcher is not an urgent one. Little also said that Hong-Chih Kuo, currently at Class AAA Las Vegas, is the favorite to replace Tomko in the rotation. That would not happen until June 2, which is the next time the Dodgers will need to hand the ball over to their fifth starter.
   "He did a good job for us out of the bullpen last year," Little said of Tomko.
   Tomko, like last season, began the season as a member of the starting rotation but faded and was moved to the bullpen. He went 6-6 in a starting role in 2006 with a 5.12 ERA. Out of the bullpen his ERA was 3.64.
   He was plagued by inconsistency this season, as evidenced by some of his earlier starts. Tomko pitched three perfect innings in a game against the Padres, only to give up three runs in the fourth inning and lose, 3-2. His only victory this season came on May 9 when he pitched six no-hit innings at Florida.
   Tomko did not react pleasantly to the news of his new role, which didn't surprise Little.
   "It wasn't the same reaction in spring training when I told him he was going to be one of the five starters," Little said.

NOTES, QUOTES
   --RHP Chin-hui Tsao was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with pain in his right shoulder. Tsao was warming up in the bullpen during Tuesday's game against the Brewers and felt the discomfort while throwing his slider. An MRI exam was performed on Wednesday, but no damage was found. Tsao had surgery to repair a torn labrum in May 2005. He also had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2001, and has had biceps tendon and hamstring problems.
   --SS Rafael Furcal hit a first-inning single on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. It's the longest streak by a Dodger this season and puts him four games short of his career-best streak.
   --RHP Yhency Brazoban was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas on Wednesday and was placed on the Dodgers' 25-man roster for the first time in more than a year. Brazoban underwent Tommy John surgery on April 18, 2006. The Dodgers plan to use him in the seventh inning. "Every game I pitched (in Class AAA), my arm was feeling a little bit better," Brazoban said through a translator. "I'm looking forward to helping the team." Brazoban pitched the ninth inning of Wednesday's game and struck out the side.
   --LHP Hong-Chih Kuo pitched four scoreless innings on Wednesday for the Las Vegas 51s, the Dodgers' Class AAA affiliate.  He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. He is scheduled to make another start on Monday and is the front-runner to start for the Dodgers on June 2, when the Dodgers are in Pittsburgh.
   --RHP Brad Penny, with Wednesday's victory over the Brewers, and lowered his ERA to 1.43 (six earned runs in 37 2/3 innings) at Dodger Stadium this season. He is 20-9 in 43 career games at Dodger Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS: 338 -- The number of runners have left on base this season, through May 20, tops in the National League.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When you see me on the mound, I'll be ready," -- Jason Schmidt, showing some frustration to incessant questions by the media on his status.

MEDICAL WATCH
   RHP Chin-hui Tsao (right shoulder pain) went on the 15-day disabled list on May 23.
   RHP Jason Schmidt (shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list retroactive to April 15. He might throw a simulated game on May 25.
   UT Marlon Anderson (right elbow irritation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5. He had surgery to remove bone chips on May 11, and he will miss up to two months.
   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
  HITTERS

Tony Abreu, 2B      BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Wilson Betemit, 3B  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .313    16     4     5     1     0     2     5     0
Season            .188    80    10    15     4     0     4    14     0

Brady Clark, LF     BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .200     5     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .256    43     5    11     4     0     0     4     0

Andre Ethier, RF    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .250    24     2     6     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .277   141    13    39     7     1     3    22     0

Rafael Furcal, SS   BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .400     5     1     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .345    29     3    10     2     0     0     0     1
Season            .306   157    23    48     9     1     0    13     6

Nomar Gparra, 1B    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .231    26     1     6     0     0     0     2     0
Season            .282   177    13    50     9     0     1    27     1

Luis Gonzalez, LF   BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .750     4     0     3     1     0     0     1     1
Last 7 Games      .300    20     3     6     2     0     1     3     2
Season            .275   149    24    41     6     1     5    16     3

Jeff Kent, 2B       BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     1     1     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .217    23     4     5     3     0     2     4     0
Season            .288   163    27    47    13     0     7    25     1

Andy LaRoche, 3B    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .158    19     5     3     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .206    34     8     7     2     0     0     3     1

Mike Lieberthal, C  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .222    18     1     4     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .217    23     1     5     1     0     0     1     0

Russell Martin, C   BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     1     1     1     0     0     4     0
Last 7 Games      .273    22     3     6     2     0     1     7     2
Season            .314   156    30    49    13     1     3    32     8

Ramon Martinez, SS  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .077    13     0     1     0     0     0     2     0
Season            .170    53     1     9     2     0     0     7     0

Juan Pierre, CF     BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     2     2     0     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      .207    29     3     6     1     0     0     1     2
Season            .270   200    29    54     5     1     0    10    17

Olmedo Saenz, 1B    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .167    12     0     2     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .211    38     4     8     3     0     2     6     0

  PITCHERS

Joe Beimel         ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         9.00     0     0     0     1     1     2     0    0
Last 7 Games      3.86     0     0     0     3   2.1     3     0    0
Season            3.80     1     1     0    22  21.1    17    10    9

Chad Billingsley   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game        40.50     0     0     0     1   0.2     4     0    2
Last 7 Games      7.36     0     0     0     3   3.2     5     0    5
Season            4.70     2     0     0    16    23    25    11   28

Yhency Brazoban    ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     1    3
Last 7 Games      0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     1    3
Season            0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     1    3

Jonathan Broxton   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0    2
Last 7 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     1     2    4
Season            1.08     2     1     0    24    25    16     9   27

Mark Hendrickson   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         6.75     0     1     0     1   6.2     9     2    3
Last 7 Games      6.35     0     1     0     3    17    22     9    8
Season            3.22     2     1     0     9  44.2    36    14   32

Hong-Chih Kuo      ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         4.50     0     0     0     1     2     2     0    0
Last 7 Games     15.43     0     0     0     2   2.1     6     1    0
Season           15.43     0     0     0     2   2.1     6     1    0

Derek Lowe         ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         3.38     0     1     0     1     8     9     0    6
Last 7 Games      3.74     1     2     0     3  21.2    22     5   14
Season            3.84     4     5     0    10  65.2    69    24   42

Brad Penny         ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     7     6     2    4
Last 7 Games      4.42     2     1     0     3  18.1    18     5   10
Season            2.26     6     1     0    10  63.2    56    22   39

Takashi Saito      ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     1     1     1     1     0    1
Last 7 Games      3.00     0     0     2     3     3     3    10    3
Season            1.71     1     0    14    20    21    15     2   25

Jason Schmidt      ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game        22.50     0     1     0     1     2     7     2    2
Last 7 Games      7.36     1     2     0     3    11    17     5   13
Season            7.36     1     2     0     3    11    17     5   13

Rudy Seanez	    ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     1     0    1
Last 7 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     4     2     0    2
Season            2.86     1     0     0    18    22    24     6   19

Brett Tomko	    ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         8.44     0     1     0     1   5.1     8     1    5
Last 7 Games     10.05     1     2     0     3  14.1    22     3   11
Season            6.28     1     5     0     9    43    53    20   33

Chin-hui Tsao	    ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   0.1     0     1    0
Last 7 Games      2.25     0     0     0     3     4     6     1    5
Season            3.00     0     1     0    15    18    12     6   15

Randy Wolf	   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    BB    K
Last Game         2.57     1     0     0     1     7     3     3    4
Last 7 Games      1.89     3     0     0     3    19    13     4   22
Season            3.75     6     3     0    10    60    57    17   66

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