Belliard Will Start Tonight Over Hudson

The Dodgers 25-man roster for the first round of the playoffs against St. Louis included all five in-season acquisitions, including George Sherrill, Jon Garland, Vincente Padilla, Ron Belliard and Jim Tome.

Long reliever Jeff Weaver edged out James McDonald and received the last of 11 pitching spots, and Mark Loretta was chosen over Doug Mientkiewicz for the final position player spot. Ron Belliard will start in front of Orlando Hudson, whose average slipped over the final months of the season. Belliard hit .351 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 24 games with the Dodgers.

 The Roster:

LHP Randy Wolf
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Vincente Padilla
RHP Chad Billingsley

RHP Jonathan Broxton
RHP Ron Belisario
RHP Ramon Troncoso
RHP Jon Garland
RHP Jeff Weaver
LHP Hong-Chih Kuo
LHP George Sherrill

C Russell Martin
C Brad Ausmus

1b James Loney
2b Ron Belliard
3b Casey Blake
SS Rafael Furcal
2b Orlando Hudson
INF Juan Castro
INF Mark Loretta

OF Matt Kemp
OF Andre Ethier
OF Juan Pierre
OF Manny Ramirez

PH Jim Tome
Missing the cut for the first round of playoffs at least include RHP Hiroki Kuroda, suffering from a herniated disk in his neck, LHP Scott Elbert and RHP Guillermo Mota, position players Mientkiewicz, Blake DeWitt and Jason Repko.

Mota and McDonald will stay with the team, Elbert will continue to work out in Arizona in instructional league games. If the Dodgers reach the National League Championship series against either Colorado or Philadelphia, the roster can be re-set.

The Dodgers are only the third team in Major League history to make the postseason without having a pitcher win more than 12 games. Potential Game 4 starter Chad Billingsley topped the Dodgers' staff with 12 wins and was followed by 11-game winner Randy Wolf -- in fact, the only other member of Los Angeles' extended rotation in double figures.

The Dodgers host St. Louis for the first two games of the National League Division Series.

Los Angeles and the Cardinals will meet tonight at 9:37 Eastern time in the first game.

They play tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:07 ET.

After Friday off, the teams move to St. Louis Saturday and Sunday, with the times to be determined. A fifth game, if needed will be in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 13.