Los Angeles (77-54) at Arizona (41-91)

  • Game info: 9:35 pm EDT Wed Sep 1, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, FSAZ
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have come to expect big things from Steve Finley in just one month.

They don’t know what they’ll get from Hideo Nomo as he returns from the disabled list to pitch the middle game of a their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Finley, acquired from Arizona with catcher Brent Mayne for three minor leaguers on July 31, drove in four runs in his return to Bank One Ballpark on Tuesday, leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory in 13 innings.

Finley, who delivered a go-ahead three-run double in the 13th, also homered off Randy Johnson as the Dodgers won their third in a row and fifth in seven games. The center fielder is hitting .337 (34-for-101) with five homers, nine doubles and 25 RBIs in 27 games with Los Angeles.

“This guy has had more of an impact than any other position player that we have acquired at that point in the season,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of Finley.

Nomo, who takes the mound one day after his 36th birthday, will make his first start since June 30. The Japanese right-hander has been out with rotator cuff tendinitis.

Nomo, 3-10 this season after two straight 16-win seasons, made four rehab starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, including a 10-strikeout performance over 5 1-3 innings in his last outing. Nomo, who struggled with his velocity and command after having offseason shoulder surgery, threw 94 pitches.

“He had 13 pitches that were in the 90s,” Tracy said. “Throwing 88 to 89 consistently. That’ll work. Is that what we’ll see? I don’t know.”

Alex Cintron drove in the lone run for Arizona on Tuesday as the Diamondbacks lost for the fourth time in six games.

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H. Nomo KC vs. B. Webb TEX
4-11 Record 7-16
8.25 ERA 3.59
54 K 164
42 BB 119
1.75 WHIP 1.50