Nomo missed his scheduled start Tuesday because of soreness in his shoulder. The Japanese right-hander said he was ready to take his turn Sunday after pitching a pain-free bullpen session Thursday.
Nomo will try to match a career high with his 16th victory. He established that mark in 1996, one year after winning NL Rookie of the Year, before tying it last season.
“His shoulder feels good,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of Nomo. “That’s the guy we want to pitch Sunday. He’s done it for us the past two years. He’s the man we want out there.”
Tracy said rookie Edwin Jackson, who pitched in place of Nomo on Tuesday and posted a 4-1 win over Arizona in his major league debut, will be moved to the bullpen. However, he indicated that Jackson would be ready to take over if Nomo’s shoulder failed him Sunday.
“The anticipation of Hideo going seven innings may not be there. Maybe it will,” Tracy said. “But Edwin will be prepared if he’s not able to do that.”
The Dodgers shut out the Padres for the second straight game Saturday, posting a 4-0 victory. They won the opener 6-0 on Friday.
Los Angeles has won 12 of 16, moving 3 1/2 games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race.
Shawn Green hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers on Saturday, and is batting .407 (11-for-27) over his last nine games with five homers and 14 RBIs.
Adrian Beltre remained one homer shy of matching his career high of 21, set last season. However, he extended his hitting streak to 11 games during which he is batting .468 (22-for-47) with four homers and nine RBIs.
The Padres have lost six of eight.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 30 1/2 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 10 1/2 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Howard (1-1, 3.63 ERA). Howard has struggled with his control since being recalled from Triple-A Portland on Aug. 26. The right-hander has issued 11 walks over 17 1-3 innings, spanning three starts. In an 8-3 home loss to San Francisco on Tuesday, Howard walked five while allowing two runs and four hits over five innings. This is his first appearance against Los Angeles.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nomo (15-11, 2.88 ERA). Nomo is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in his last two starts. He had won six of his previous seven decisions before the slide, which includes a 10-1 home loss to Houston on Sept. 1. Nomo is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in three starts against the Padres this year. In 17 career starts against San Diego, he is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .322 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 21 HRs; Brian Giles, 77 RBIs and 81 runs; Gary Matthews Jr., 12 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .280 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 27 HRs; Beltre and Green, 76 RBIs; Green, 78 runs; Dave Roberts, 38 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Padres, 9-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - The Padres have been outscored 106-62 in the first inning this season. … The Padres were blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since July 25-26, 2002, when the Diamondbacks beat them 10-0 and 12-0 at Arizona. … The Padres were last swept at Dodger Stadium from Sept. 26-28, 2002. The Dodgers - RHP Nomo is 7-7 with a 3.32 ERA at home this season, compared to 8-4 with a 2.43 ERA on the road. … Los Angeles’ starters have thrown 35 consecutive scoreless innings. … The Dodgers’ 15th shutout tied them with Seattle for the most in the majors, and lowered their major league-leading team ERA to 3.05. The Dodgers haven’t finished a season with an ERA below 3.00 since 1989 (2.98).
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 27-46 on the road; Dodgers - 43-31 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - 1B Klesko (shoulder), 15-day DL. Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.