--INF Jamey Carroll, who played in 46 of the first 48 games, finally got a full day off in Monday's series opener against the Astros. Carroll's role was supposed to be utility infielder, but just like last year, injuries have turned him into an everyday player. Carroll is batting .374 (34-for-91) on the road, the best in the majors. His total of 27 two-strike hits is also the most in the majors this year.
--1B James Loney, batting third for the first time this year, extended his hitting streak to nine games with an infield single. That was his only hit in the game. A Houston native, Loney is a career .340 hitter (17-for-50) in his hometown. Loney has five doubles during his hitting streak.
--RHP Blake Hawksworth made a rehab appearance for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and had a run manufactured against him. His inning: walk, stolen base, strikeout, stolen base, sacrifice fly and flyout. Hawksworth, on the DL with a groin injury, is scheduled to pitch another inning Wednesday and could get activated before Friday's game.
--3B Casey Blake started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. Batting second, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against lefty Josh Muecke, from the Rockies' Colorado Springs affiliate. Blake is physically ready after needing surgery to clean up a staph infection in his elbow. Now it's just a matter of getting his timing down.
--OF Marcus Thames will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A on Friday. Thames has been out since May 3 with a right quad strain, and for a good chunk of April, Thames was only available as a pinch hitter. Manager Don Mattingly said that Thames' rehab will be much longer than Casey Blake's because of how long he has been out.
BY THE NUMBERS
100 -- Career home runs for Matt Kemp, after a solo shot in the second inning Monday night. Kemp has 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases this year, putting him on pace for 36 homers and 43 steals. The last Dodger to post a 30-30 season was Raul Mondesi in 1997 and 1999.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Jerry, in the last week, has been swinging the bat really well. Four hits yesterday, and (he) homered the day before that. He's just had some good at-bats and is making adjustments well lately." -- Manager Don Mattingly, on the recent hot streak by rookie Jerry Sands. With three walks Monday, Sands had reached base nine of his last 10 plate appearances.
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