Dodger Inside Pitch - September 28

   Catcher Russell Martin is about the only thing that has gone right for the Dodgers this season. The 24-year-old catcher is expected to lead the N.L. catchers in hits, runs, stolen bases, walks, batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. The Roy Campanella Award, voted upon by his teammates for the most inspirational player on the on the team, also went to Martin.

   When the dust finally settles on the 2007 season, however, none of the accolades and accomplishments will mean much. Martin will go home with the knowledge that baseball's playoffs are starting and that he's not participating in them.

   "I don't play for stats," Martin said. "I'm not playing for stats. I couldn't care less about my stats. If I were to hit .100 and we made it the whole way, I would have been happy. Hitting .400 with 50 home runs, I feel like if you don't win, that's not the point. It's weird to say that, but it's true."

   Martin was on a winning team in 2005 when the Jacksonville Suns, the Dodgers' Class AA affiliate, won the Southern League championship. Only Martin didn't hit .100 that season. Martin batted .311, with nine home runs and 61 RBIs. He also stole 15 bases. They're not exactly record-breaking numbers but then they didn't have to be.

   The Suns beat West Tennessee (Chicago Cubs) in a three-game series for the championship.

   "I won in Class AA and the feeling that you have winning in the (post)season, you can't compare it," Martin said. "You cannot compare it. I can't imagine winning at this level."

   The 2007 season didn't do anything to ease Martin's imagination this season. The Dodgers went into the All-Star break trailing the first-place Padres by one game, but going 31-39 since then killed their chances of playing in the postseason.

   The Dodgers will go into their off-season with a long list of things that they need to do to fix the problems of 2007. Martin will have a list of his own to work on.

   "I'm going to look back and reflect to make sure that I'm learning the right things," he said. "There's defense, calling a game, situational hitting, thinking about my approach, stuff like that," he said. "It's not necessarily physical stuff. There are mental parts of the game that people don't really see that you can work on."

DODGERS 8, GIANTS 3:-- Left-handed pitcher David Wells held the Giants to two earned runs through six innings to pick up his ninth victory of the season. James Loney hit his ninth home run of the month, and 15th of the season, while Wilson Valdez drove in two runs during a rare start at second base. Relievers Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and D.J. Houlton shut the Giants out through the final three innings.

Notes & Quotes
   --INF Mark Sweeney collected his 24th pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of Friday night's game against the Giants. It was his third hit in as many games. The 24 pinch-hits are the second most in the majors in the past 10 years. Lenny Harris, the all-time leader in pinch-hits, had 26 in 1999.

   --LHP David Wells beat the Giants on Friday night and picked up his 239th career victory in the process. His win total pushed him into a tie for 53rd place on the all-time list for lefties with Mordecai Brown.

   --1B James Loney hit a solo home run in the third inning of Friday night's game and picked up his 32nd RBI of September. That moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the Los Angeles Dodgers' record book. He is one RBI behind Tommy Davis, who drove in 33 runs in June, 1962.

   --LHP Eric Stults will be the starting pitcher on Sunday, the Dodgers' final game of the season. Stults is 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in four starts this season. He is 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA in seven relief appearances.

   --OF Juan Pierre was thrown out while attempting to steal second base in the second inning of Friday's game against the Giants. It was the 15th time this season that he has been caught stealing. He was nabbed 20 times in 2006.

By the Numb3rs: 239 -- The number of career victories by left-handed pitcher David Wells, after he beat the Giants on Friday. It could also be the number of career victories he retires with, but he's open to the idea of playing next season.

Quote to Note: "I talked (general manager) Ned (Colletti) and told him that I wouldn't mind coming back here, if that's that case. I gave him my phone number and said, 'Give me a call if you want.'" -- Dodgers left-handed pitcher David Wells, on the possibility of pitching next season.

M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
   3B Nomar Garciaparra (strained left calf) hasn't played since Sept. 25. He is unlikely to play again this season.

   2B Jeff Kent (bruised left leg) left the Sept. 25 game and didn't play Sept. 26-27. He is unlikely to play again this season.

   INF Tony Abreu (sore hip flexor) was injured in the Sept. 23 game and didn't play Sept. 25-27. He is unlikely to play again this season.

   INF Ramon Martinez (hyperextended left elbow) was injured Sept. 18, and he 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 won't play again this season.

   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 15-day 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 15-day 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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