Dodgers Look Back to the Future

   With the Dodgers' playoff hopes hanging by a thread, manager Grady Little decided that Sunday was a good time to take a peek into the future.

Little came up with a lineup that featured one 30-year-old player (outfielder Juan Pierre). The rest of the lineup featured infielder Tony Abreu (22 years old), outfielder Matt Kemp (23), first baseman James Loney 23), catcher Russell Martin (24), outfielder Andre Ethier (25), third baseman Andy LaRoche (24), infielder Chin-Lung Hu (23) and starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (23).

   The results were better than he could have imagined. All of the position players in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and the Dodgers beat the first-place Diamondbacks and snapped their seven-game losing streak in the process.

   "It was good to see those guys, energy-wise, playing hard and running the bases, doing their thing, and Chad doing his thing," said Pierre.

   Little didn't say if he would stick with the same lineup when the team returns home for the final six games of the season. He didn't even admit to altering the lineup was a way of looking toward the future. His reasoning was that he was merely looking for a lineup that could beat Arizona pitcher Edgar Gonzalez, who had beaten the Dodgers the previous week in Los Angeles.

   "I looked at the lineup we put on the field the last time we faced the same pitcher, and he shut us down," Little said.

   Little can now use the same excuse when the Dodgers face Rockies pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Fogg and Franklin Morales.

DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: 2B Tony Abreu and 1B James Loney hit home runs in support of RHP Chad Billingsley, who won his 12th game of the season. The Dodgers turned to youth by starting players with less than two years' experience in eight of the nine starting positions. The younger players came through in a 15-hit attack that snapped the L.A.'s seven-game losing streak.

Notes & Quotes
   --INF Ramon Martinez was sidelined after hyperextending his right elbow. He hurt the elbow while throwing the ball to first base earlier last week in Colorado. He is day-to-day.

   --INF Chin-Lung Hu was selected as the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year, the Dodgers announced on Saturday. Hu started the season at the Double-A level but was promoted to Triple-A after he was picked as the MVP of the Futures All-Star Game in July. He continued the pace at Las Vegas, hitting .318 with an on-base percentage of .842.

   --LHP Joe Beimel broke the Dodgers' single-season record for appearances by a left-handed pitcher on Sunday. Beimel appeared in his 81st game of the season, surpassing the mark set by Tom Martin in 2003.

   --INF Tony Abreu suffered a hip flexor while making a play in the fifth inning. It was unknown if the injury is related to the abdominal strain he suffered earlier this season. He is listed as day to day.

   --1B James Loney had three hits to raise his batting average to .434 in his last 13 games.

By the Numb3rs: 23 -- The number of runs by which the Dodgers have been outscored during their third six-game losing streak of the season.

Quote to Note: "This was the longest four games and three days I've ever been through. It was miserable down to the last pitch." -- Dodgers manager Grady Little, after the Dodgers were swept in a four-game series at Colorado, essentially ending their playoff hopes.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
   INF Tony Abreu (sore hip flexor) was injured in the Sept. 23 game and is day to day.

   INF Ramon Martinez (hyperextended left elbow) was injured on Sept. 18, and may not return this season.

   SS Rafael Furcal (stiff lower back) took himself out of the first game of the doubleheader on Sept. 18. He didn't play Sept. 19-23, and he is day-to-day.    RHP Derek Lowe (bruised right hand) missed his Sept. 12 start, but he was back on the mound Sept. 15 and pitched seven strong innings.

   LHP Randy Wolf (tender left shoulder) went on the disabled list July 4. He pitched on a rehab assignment July 25 but emerged with more shoulder irritation. He had season-ending surgery Sept. 5.

   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) opened the season on the disabled list. He had surgery March 28 and is expected to be out for the season. He was moved to the 60-day disabled list Aug. 29.

   LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (sore left elbow) went on the disabled list retroactive to July 1. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow July 25. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 4, and he is out for the season.

   RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list July 15. He was ready to start a throwing program in early August, but renewed pain put those plans on hold.

   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 was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 13 and 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.

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