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Los Angeles at San Diego

Venue: Petco Park
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Chad Billingsley finally has the chance to continue the success he enjoyed before an elbow injury prematurely ended his 2012 season.

The veteran right-hander will come off the disabled list trying to help the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers even their road set with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Billingsley went 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts a year ago, and was 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven before his season ended in August due to a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

While Billingsley was able to avoid surgery, his return this spring was slowed by a bruised index finger suffered during a bunting drill March 15.

Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly apparently feels Billingsley is ready to return despite allowing seven runs in 7 2-3 innings during spring training and four runs with three walks during a minor league rehab stint last week.

The biggest positive, however, is that the finger feels fine.

"It went well. I accomplished everything I needed to get ready for my next start," Billingsley told the Dodgers' official website. "I've got no issues with the finger. I'm anxious to get back out there, compete and win some ballgames."

He allowed three hits and struck out 11 in 8 1-3 innings of a 6-0 road win in his only start versus San Diego in 2012. Billingsley has yielded two earned runs and 11 hits over 21 1-3 innings while winning two of his last three against the Padres.

While Los Angeles (4-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped, San Diego (2-5) ended a three-game slide with a 9-3 victory Tuesday. Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the Padres, who broke open a one-run game by scoring five times in the eighth inning of its opener at a less spacious Petco Park.

San Diego had been outscored 40-14 on a 1-5 road trip to begin the season.

"We didn't play well on the trip. But our guys have a lot of resolve to play well," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Venable, 2 for 15 with no RBIs on the trip, is 4 for 8 in his last three games versus Los Angeles.

Former Dodger Eric Stults looks to build on a victorious season debut when he takes the mound for the Padres. The left-hander allowed three hits and struck out seven in five scoreless innings of Thursday's 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

Stults, 8-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 14 starts last season after the Padres claimed him off waivers from the White Sox, is finally getting the chance to be a regular in a major league rotation.

"Years past, I might get four, five starts and then get sent back down to the minor leagues and then come back up. I was always bouncing back and forth," he said. "When I was bouncing back and forth, I might go six days and not pitch or seven days. And there was days I was pitching on short rest, when I would get called up. So not that that's an excuse, but it's I think a little bit tougher as a starting pitcher when your routine gets thrown off."

In his only start against a Dodger club with which he broke into the majors in 2006, Stults gave up a solo homer to Andre Ethier and six other hits over six innings of a 6-3, 11-inning win Sept. 4.

Stults has never faced Los Angeles' Carl Crawford, who is 11 for 24 (.458) on the season.

Teammate Adrian Gonzalez is 9 for 14 with six RBIs in four games after going 1 for 9 in the first three.

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Probable Starters

Chad Billingsley, RHP
2013 stats
0.0 Innings Pitched 5.0
0-0 Wins-Losses 1-0
--- Earned Run Average 0.00
0 Walks 2
0 Strikeouts 7
0.0 Pitches Per Start 95
Career vs. opponent
140.2 Innings Pitched 6.0
12-8 Wins-Losses 0-0
2.62 Earned Run Average 1.50

Eric Stults, LHP
Weather
weather image  Sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
69°F52°F11mph/E43%3%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles1st NL West7357.562-5-5 W 2
San Diego3rd NL West5968.46512 ½ 4-6 L 2
 
 

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Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
E. ArruebarrenaHip
J. BeckettHip, groin
C. BillingsleyElbow
C. FigginsQuadriceps
O. GarciaElbow
Z. GreinkeElbow
P. MaholmKnee
C. PerezAnkle
H. RamirezSide
P. RodriguezShoulder
H. RyuGlute
J. UribeHamstring
C. WithrowElbow
San Diego
PlayerInjury
Y. AlonsoWrist
J. BenoitShoulder
E. CabreraHamstring
A. CashnerShoulder
J. JohnsonElbow
C. KellyElbow
C. LuebkeElbow
T. PattonShoulder
C. QuentinKnee
J. WielandElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2SDARI 2-0Arroyo Cashner 
May 3SDARI 4-3McCarthy Kennedy 
May 4SDSD 4-3Street Perez 
May 26ARIARI 7-5Ziegler Quackenbush 
May 27ARISD 4-3Quackenbush Marshall 
May 28ARIARI 12-6Anderson Stauffer 
Jun 27SDARI 2-1McCarthy Ross 
Jun 28SDARI 3-1Collmenter Stults 
Jun 29SDSD 2-1Despaigne Bolsinger 
Aug 22ARIARI 5-1Collmenter Despaigne 
Aug 23ARI 8:10 PM EDT  
Aug 24ARI 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 1SD 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 2SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 3SD10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 4SD 9:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Sep 13ARI 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 14ARI 4:10 PM EDT