Los Angeles (3-1) at Arizona (2-2)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Sat Apr 9, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, KTVK
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Javier Vazquez would like to forget his first start with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He’ll try to bounce back from a rough debut when the Diamondbacks continue a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 28-year-old right-hander earned the start for opening day after being acquired from the Yankees in the deal that shipped Randy Johnson to New York. Vazquez was pounded for seven runs and 10 hits in just 1 2-3 innings Monday in a 16-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The outing puzzled Vazquez, who struggled to go 4-5 with a 6.92 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break with the Yankees last season.

“I threw some good pitches, man, and they were on everything that I threw today,” Vazquez said. “It’s a little weird.”

The Dodgers are hoping that first baseman Hee Seop Choi can get going. Choi is hitless in seven at-bats this season and Olmedo Saenz started in his place and homered Friday.

Arizona will have to recover from a difficult 8-7 loss in the series opener. Los Angeles struck for four unearned runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally from a 7-4 deficit.

Third basemen Troy Glaus’ error with one out proved to be fatal as Diamondbacks closer Brandon Lyon surrendered three straight two-out hits, including pinch hitter Jose Valentin’s go-ahead two-run homer that capped the outburst.

Los Angeles has won three straight as it continues to receive excellent starting pitching.

Elmer Dessens allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings Friday in his first start against his former team. Dodgers starters have a 1.75 ERA through four games.

Veteran Scott Erickson makes his first start for Los Angeles. Erickson was a non-roster invitee to spring training, where he went 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA in eight starts to earn a spot in the rotation.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Erickson NYY vs. J. Vazquez MIA
1-4 Record 11-15
6.02 ERA 4.42
15 K 192
25 BB 46
1.57 WHIP 1.25