Los Angeles (2-1) at Arizona (2-1)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Fri Apr 8, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, KTVK
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Shawn Green will face his former team for the first time when the Arizona Diamondbacks begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Green spent the last five seasons with Los Angeles, batting .280 with 162 homers and 509 RBIs. His best campaign came in 2001 when he hit 49 homers and drove in 125 runs before his numbers tailed off the last two years. He was traded in the offseason to Arizona, where he claims to see the ball well.

Green has a .312 career average at Bank One Ballpark with 14 homers and 42 RBI in 186 at-bats. He went 3-for-11 in Arizona’s first three home games this season.

Starter Shawn Estes will make his debut with Arizona. Estes finished second among National League left-handers to Randy Johnson in victories last season, going 15-8 with Colorado.

The veteran southpaw matched his highest win total since 2000. Estes signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in order to be closer to his family, which lives in nearby Paradise Valley, Ariz.

“To me, that was the thing that sealed the deal,” Estes said. “My family definitely comes first in my life, and career is second, so it was an easy choice to me.”

Estes is hoping to follow up effective consecutive strong efforts by Diamondbacks starters.

Russ Ortiz allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in a 5-4 victory over Chicago on Tuesday before Brandon Webb—who led the NL with 16 losses in 2004—yielded two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

“It seemed like I had a lot of guys on base,” Webb said. “I worked through some jams, making some big pitches and getting out of it.”

Dodgers starter Elmer Dessens will make his first start against Arizona since being traded from the Diamondbacks on Aug. 19, 2004. Dessens was acquired to pitch out of the bullpen last season and went 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 appearances for Los Angeles.

Dessens will have a tough act to follow after Jeff Weaver allowed just five hits in eight stellar innings of a 6-0 victory at San Francisco on Thursday. Los Angeles starters have a 1.35 ERA through three games.

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Starting Pitchers

E. Dessens NYM vs. S. Estes Was
1-2 Record 7-8
3.56 ERA 4.80
37 K 63
19 BB 45
1.25 WHIP 1.43