Los Angeles Dodgers Inside Pitch - July 3

   The search for a new hitting coach ended for the Dodgers on Monday. At least for now. Bill Mueller, inserted as the interim hitting coach after Eddie Murray was fired, agreed to keep the position through the remainder of the season. The Dodgers' brass asked him to think about it during the weekend and Mueller gave his answer on Monday.

"It's just an opportunity right now to help out the organization for this time period," Mueller said.
   The Dodgers were .500 when Murray was fired and are 8-8 through their first 16 games with Mueller in place. But the Dodgers are able to see signs of life coming from the offense, signs that weren't visible with Murray running things.
   "The total approach has been a little bit different," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "We're seeing more pitches and our on-base percentage is better.
   "When we made the change, we made it at a time when we felt we needed a change, and the results have been good so far."
   Mueller said that the last two weeks have been a learning experience, one made easier by Dodgers coach Manny Mota. Mota was actively helping the Dodgers' hitters when Murray was around, but his role has since increased to include traveling on road trips.
   The players have enjoyed working with the tandem while Mueller has learned about the players.
   "He and Manny have been working hard, trying to figure out us and figure out the routine that makes us better," outfielder Andre Ethier said.

Notes & Quotes
   --C Russell Martin went 4-for-5 on Monday for the first four-hit game of his career. Three of his four hits were against former Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz. He also extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games. "He missed some spots a few times and I was able to put the barrel of the bat on them," he said.
   --OF Juan Pierre stole third base in the seventh inning on Monday, giving him steals in four consecutive games. He has six stolen bases in that span.
   --OF Matt Kemp's sixth-inning home run off of John Smoltz on Monday was measured at 436 feet. It was caught by RHP Chin-hui Tsao, who was warming up in the Dodgers' bullpen at the time. The home run gave the Dodgers the lead for good in that contest. "That's probably one of the biggest hits in my career," Kemp said. "Hopefully, I'll have a lot more."
   --RHP Derek Lowe used up a lot of pitches early and wasn't around to get a decision in Monday's Dodgers victory, but he still lowered his ERA to 2.98 after allowing one run in six-plus innings. Lowe's ERA was 2.29 during two-month period of May and June.
   --INF Olmedo Saenz picked up his sixth RBI as a pinch-hitter with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of Monday's victory. He trails OF Andre Ethier for the team lead by two. By the Numbers
88. The number of pitches that RHP Chad Billingsley needed to get through seven shutout innings against the Padres on Sunday.

Quote to Note-- "Hopefully the National League will win this year." -- Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, looking ahead to this year's All-Star Game.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
   INF Ramon Martinez (sore lower back) went on the disabled list retroactive to June 4.
   RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list on May 23. He started a rehab assignment with Class AAA Las Vegas on June 27 and was activated June 29.
   RHP Jason Schmidt (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17. He underwent exploratory surgery on June 20, and a torn labrum was discovered. He will miss the rest of the season.
   RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list June 1. He cut short a throwing session June 15, and he was subsequently diagnosed with a torn labrum. He underwent surgery June 22 and is out for the season.
   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
Player Stats

Hitters

TAbreu, 2B	  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      	.000     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games 	.429    14     3     6     0     0     1     2     0
Season     	.290   107    14    31    11     0     1     9     0

W 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	.100    10     1     1     0     0     1     1     0
Season     	.190   126    17    24     5     0     8    20     0

AEthier, RF	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game 	.000     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games	.231    13     2     3     1     0     0     0     0
Season  	.274   234    26    64    14     1     6    30     0

RFurcal, SS	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game   	.500     4     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games	.273    33     6     9     2     0     1     2     2
Season      	.275   305    40    84    15     3     2    29     9

NGarciaparra, 3BBA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game   	.250     4     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games	.200    30     3     6     0     0     1     3     0
Season      	.272   290    25    79    12     0     2    41     2

LGonzalez, LF	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.500     4     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games  	.292    24     2     7     0     0     0     0     2
Season       	.294   272    43    80    17     2    10    39     5

MKemp, RF	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.333     3     1     1     0     0     1     3     0
Last 7 Games   	.294    17     4     5     0     0     2     5     1
Season         	.397    68    13    27     2     0     3    12     3

JKent, 2B	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game    	.250     4     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games  	.250    28     3     7     1     0     0     4     0
Season      	.264   276    44    73    18     1    10    40     1

MLieberthal, C	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games 	.071    14     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season         	.184    38     2     7     1     0     0     1     0

JLoney, 1B	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game    	.000     3     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games  	.333    27     3     9     1     0     1     5     0
Season     	.393    56     8    22     4     2     3    14     0

RMartin, C	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.800     5     1     4     1     0     0     2     1
Last 7 Games  	.406    32     5    13     5     0     1     6     3
Season        	.306   288    47    88    20     2     9    55    16

JPierre, CF	BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.200     5     1     1     1     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games 	.281    32     5     9     1     0     0     2     9
Season         	.276   344    47    95    11     3     0    19    32

OSaenz, 1B	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     	.000     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games  	.200    10     0     2     1     0     0     2     0
Season       	.219    64     7    14     4     0     3    12     0

  Pitchers

Joe Beimel	ERA     W-L   Sv    G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game  	0.00    1-0    0    1     2     0    0   0     2     1
Last 7 Games 	0.00    1-0    0    3   3.2     1    0   0     2     4
Season       	4.15    2-1    1   41  34.2    28   16   0    12    19

CBillingsley	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game  	0.00    1-0    0     1     7     3    0   0     0    9
Last 7 Games 	4.30    1-0    0     3  14.2     9    7   4     6   13
Season     	3.44    5-0    0    26  49.2    38   19   5    19   53
   
Jon Broxton	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     1    0   0     1    1
Last 7 Games  	0.00    1-0    0     3   4.1     2    0   0     2    3
Season     	3.00    3-2    1    41    42    33   14   0    19   49

MHendrickson	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game   	0.00    0-0    0     1     3     2    0   0     1    2
Last 7 Games	0.00    0-0    0     3     6     5    0   0     2    6
Season      	4.08    2-3    0    19  68.1    67   31   9    22   54

D.J. Houlton	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game     	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     1    0   0     1    0
Last 7 Games  	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     1    0   0     1    0
Season      	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     1    0   0     1    0

Derek Lowe	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game  	1.80    0-0    0     1     5     8    1   0     0    5
Last 7 Games	2.45    1-1    0     3  18.1    18    5   1     4   14
Season     	2.98    8-7    0    18 120.2   105   40   6    35   86

Brad Penny	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	1.29    0-0    0     1     7     5    1   0     2    7
Last 7 Games  	1.23    2-0    0     3    22    15    3   0     5   16
Season      	2.00   10-1    0    17 112.2    96   25   2    30   77

Takashi Saito	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     0    0   0     0    0
Last 7 Games 	0.00    0-0    2     3   2.2     0    0   0     0    2
Season      	1.34    1-0   22    33  33.2    21    5   4     3   42

Rudy Seanez	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     0    0   0     0    2
Last 7 Games 	0.00    0-0    0     3   2.2     2    0   0     1    3
Season      	3.29    4-1    0    36  38.1    42   14   3    12   39

Brett Tomko	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	9.00    0-0    0     1     1     3    1   0     0    0
Last 7 Games 	10.38   0-1    0     3   4.1    11    5   0     1    3
Season      	5.89    1-6    0    24  65.2    81   43   9    21   56

Chin-hui Tsao	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game    	0.00    0-0    0     1     1     0    0   0     1    0
Last 7 Games  	0.00    0-0    0     3   2.1     0    0   0     2    0
Season        	2.70    0-1    0    17    20    12    6   0     7   15

Randy Wolf	ERA     W-L   Sv     G    IP     H   ER  HR    BB    K
Last Game   	4.50    1-0    0     1     6     4    3   0     6    4
Last 7 Games 	5.60    1-2    0     3  17.2    21   11   2    11   10
Season       	4.33    9-6    0    17  99.2   105   48   9    35   93

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