Dodgers, Mets: 'Let's Play Two'

Whether it is a nice day or not, the Dodgers and Mets decided to play two games, making up the Monday rain-out immediately. With the pitching staff in tatters, it really isn't the time for a double-headers but that's the way this season has been going so far.

The first of two will start at 3:30 p.m. New York time with Hiroki Kuroda facing the Mets' original Tuesday starter, Johan Santana. In the second game, Charlie Haeger, pitching on three-days rest, will face New York's original Monday starter Oliver Perez.

Kuroda is having an outstanding season so far, recording a 2-0 won-lost record with a 2.18 earned-run average. But in three career starts against the Mets, he has given up 15 runs and 23 hits in 10 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers' first rain-out since July 27, 2007, at Colorado, messes up the Dodgers rotation and there is no official notification who will replace Vicente Padilla when his turn swings around Wednesday. But speculation ranges from Josh Towers and Scott Elbert to Chattanooga's Jesus Castillo.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report Jeff Weaver is throwing 50-pitch bullpens without pain but will not be available until May 7. Manny Ramirez seems to be progressing but Padilla reports that his arm hurts more now than it did after his last start.

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