Notes from the Dugout

The Dodgers are hoping to surge into the final weeks of the season and capture a spot atop the NL West. Old timer Garret Anderson has seen his last day as a Dodger while new addition Ted Lilly has done his part to help the Dodgers keep pace with the Padres. Tyson Qualls breaks down the top Dodger stories in this week's Notes from the Dugout.

Garret Anderson's Career Likely Over

The Dodgers designated for assignment the 17 year player, calling up another veteran, Jay Gibbons, from Triple A Albuquerque. Anderson had been horrendous on the bench, batting a meager .181 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs in 155 at bats.

Gibbons, on the other hand, has been scorching hot throughout the season. Before the call up, Gibbons was hitting .347 with 19 homers, and 83 RBIs for the Isotopes.

Ted Lilly Starts Off Strong in LA

The Dodgers' biggest mid-season acquisition has been impressive during his first two starts. Lilly has given up four earned runs in 13 innings pitched, getting the win in both games. He also recorded his 100th strikeout of the season during Sunday's contest. Lilly has struck out at least five batters in each game since being drubbed by the Dodgers on July 9th.

Newly Acquired Dodgers Making an Impact

With Lilly also came Scot Posednik, Octavio Dotel, and Ryan Theriot. Each of these players have contributed, keeping the season from completely collapsing. Posednik has recorded a hit in 8 of the 11 games he has played, while currently riding a six game hitting streak.

Dotel has struggled the most, allowing two runs in three innings pitched, both coming against San Diego on August 5th. In his last appearance, on August 8th, he looked more comfortable. Dotel did not allow a hit, while striking out two in an inning.

Theriot has been an improvement over Blake Dewitt at second base, recording eight hits in eight games as a Dodger. He has also knocked in two runs and stolen a base since the first day of August. Most importantly, Theriot has provided runs in the absence of Rafael Furcal, scoring six times in the past seven games.

Greg Wilborn Continues to Dominate

The Dodgers' lefty pitching prospect proved his promotion was well deserved on Sunday, striking out 12 in an 11-0 victory over Lansing. Wilborn pitched seven shut out innings in his second start for the Class A Great Lakes Loons.

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