San Diego (6-4) at Los Angeles (7-3)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Sat Apr 14, 2007
  • TV: Ch4, PRIME
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Jake Peavy appears to have bounced back from a subpar 2006 season for the San Diego Padres. He’s had no such letdown recently when facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Peavy will try to win his fifth straight decision from the Dodgers when the NL West rivals continue their weekend series on Saturday night.

Peavy (1-0, 0.69 ERA) has been San Diego’s best starting pitcher in the early going, allowing just one run and eight hits in 13 innings.

He gave up that lone run and five hits over seven innings of Sunday’s 2-1 10-inning win over Colorado continuing a change from last year. The right-hander was 11-14 with a 4.09 ERA last season after going 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA en route to All-Star honors in 2005.

Although Peavy struggled in 2006, he was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers. Since his lone loss to them in September 2003, Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts.

Peavy will be opposed by Jason Schmidt (1-1, 4.00), who left Monday’s 6-3 loss to Colorado in the fifth inning with tightness in his right hamstring.

Schmidt, who signed a three-year, $47 million contract with Los Angeles in December, allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings but was taken out after tweaking his hamstring while covering first base.

“It’s OK. It’s definitely not a hamstring pull,” said the right-hander, who struck out six and walked none. “I just got dehydrated out there and got a little cramp in it.”

The three-time All-Star is trying to rebound from going 11-9 last season, his fewest wins since getting two in an injury-plagued 2000 season with Pittsburgh.

Schmidt, who completed his fifth full season with San Francisco last year, went 1-1 with a 4.95 ERA in three starts against San Diego. He is 11-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 27 starts against the Padres in his 13-year career.

San Diego second baseman Marcus Giles is 11-for-22 in his career against Schmidt, while shortstop Khalil Greene is 8-for-21 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Los Angeles shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the lineup Friday after missing the team’s first nine games with a sprained left ankle suffered in spring training.

“It was very frustrating for me, watching my team play and knowing that there was nothing I could do but just come to the ballpark every day and get treatment,” said Furcal, who missed just three games all last season.

Furcal went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs on Friday, and is 7-for-19 (.368) with three solo home runs in his career against Peavy.

Luis Gonzalez hit his third home run of the season in the series opener, and is batting .410 (16-for-39) with four homers and 12 RBIs in his career against Saturday’s starter.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Peavy SF vs. J. Schmidt LAD
19-6 Record 1-4
2.54 ERA 6.31
240 K 22
68 BB 14
1.06 WHIP 1.79

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Saturday, Apr 14