Los Angeles (38-28) at Cleveland (26-39)

Fair Currently: Cleveland, OH
Temp: 43° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 14, 2003
  • TV: FOX
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Coming off the bench to help the Los Angeles Dodgers is always satisfying for Jolbert Cabrera. Doing it against his former teams is even better.

Cabrera, who was acquired from Cleveland last July, will look to continue tormenting the Indians when the teams meet for the middle game of their interleague series at Jacobs Field.

In Friday’s series opener, Cabrera hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 victory. Of Cabrera’s 30 hits this season, 17 have gone for extra bases.

“Cabrera, once again,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “He seems to be doing an awful lot of that lately.”

After the game, Cabrera tried to downplay the significance of beating Cleveland, where he played for three and a half seasons.

“It’s good to get a win, no matter where and no matter who it came against,” he said.

The victory extended the Dodgers’ winning streak to four games and moved them within three games of the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

The Indians have lost two straight games since losing shortstop Omar Vizquel to a knee injury. Vizquel, who had not been on the disabled list since 1994, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and will be sidelined at least three weeks.

STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 3 GB, NL West. Indians - 4th place, 12 GB, AL Central.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Andy Ashby (0-4, 6.48 ERA). Ashby will be making just his third start of the season. Last Saturday, in his first start since April 19, he went three innings and allowed two runs and three hits in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The 35-year-old right-hander will be making his first-ever appearance against the Indians.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Tallett (0-0, 8.10 ERA). Tallett will be starting for the first time after making two relief appearances. In 3 1-3 innings this season, the 25-year-old left-hander has allowed three runs and five hits. He was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts last season. Tallett has never faced the Dodgers.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .329 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs and 35 RBIs; Shawn Green, 31 runs; Dave Roberts, 21 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .332 avg.; Matt Lawton and Jody Gerut, 7 HRs; Lawton, 30 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 40 runs and 8 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Dodgers - 4-3; Indians - 3-7.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - 1B McGriff recorded his 1,538th career RBI on Friday to move past Joe DiMaggio for 36th on the all-time list. He left the game in the fifth inning with tightness in his right groin. … RHP Eric Gagne has recorded 31 of his last 46 outs by strikeout. … C Lo Duca went 1-for-3 Friday, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. It’s the longest streak by a Dodger since Brett Butler hit in 23 straight in 1991. Indians - SS John McDonald is 3-for-8 in two games since replacing Vizquel in the lineup. … CF Milton Bradley has reached base in 49 of 50 games this season, including 32 straight. … The Indians are batting .196 (9-for-46) with the bases loaded this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 18-14 on the road; Indians - 16-16 at home.

INJURIES: Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; OF Daryle Ward (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Indians - SS Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (triceps), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL.

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A. Ashby SD vs. B. Tallet Pit
3-10 Record 0-2
5.18 ERA 4.74
41 K 9
17 BB 8
1.47 WHIP 1.63