Los Angeles (41-38) at Los Angeles (35-44)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 1, 2006
  • TV: FOX
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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Mark Hendrickson with an eye toward a second-half run for the playoffs. His debut comes against an AL team he’s quite familiar with.

Hendrickson will try to continue his recent dominance over the Los Angeles Angels when the Southern California rivals continue their series on Saturday.

Hendrickson was acquired Tuesday with catcher Toby Hall from Tampa Bay for pitcher Jae Seo, catcher Dioner Navarro and a player to be named. Hendrickson (4-8, 3.81 ERA) was dealt a day after giving up four runs and eight hits over eight innings of 4-1 loss to Atlanta.

Despite a 37-40 record with a 5.01 ERA in his career, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti explained why Hendrickson was acquired.

“Mark will add some depth to our starting rotation as we head into the second half of the season,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti of the left-hander, who is 3-0 with a 3.99 ERA in his last three starts against the Angels (35-44).

“It’s good I’m starting against a team I’m familiar with,” Hendrickson said.

The Dodgers (41-38) start play tied with Colorado for second in the NL West, one game behind first-place San Diego.

Kelvim Escobar (5-9, 4.13) will try again to end a long losing streak when he take the mound for the Angels. The right-hander is 0-7 with a 4.67 ERA in eight starts since beating Seattle on May 12.

He tied a season high by giving up eight runs over 4 2-3 innings Tuesday in 9-7 loss to Arizona.

“My command was a little bit off and when I got ahead I wasn’t able to make that good pitch to finish them up,” said Escobar about his second-shortest outing of the season in which he also tied a season high with five walks.

Batters are hitting .292 against Escobar during his winless slide.

The Dodgers snapped a 15-game road losing streak against AL clubs with a 6-1 rout of the Angels in the series opener on Friday.

The Dodgers haven’t won two straight over an AL foe since defeating the Angels on July 3-4, 2004. Escobar lost his only career start against the Dodgers after being tagged for six runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings in 6-2 loss on Independence Day.

Rookie left fielder Andre Ethier had three hits including a two-run homer in the win. He’s recorded 14 multihit games and leads all NL rookies with a .333 average.

“I don’t think I hit any Anaheim farm team too well coming up, and I guess now it’s paying off for all those bad games I had against them,” said Ethier, who is hitting .588 (10-for-17) with three homers and eight RBIs and seven runs in four games against the Angels.

The Angels have lost three in a row overall and are 0-4 this season against the Dodgers.

“You have a tendency to go through the motions, kind of waiting for something to happen,” shortstop Orlando Cabrera said. “We’re not too far back. If we win seven or eight in a row against the right teams, we’ll be right there.”

The Angels are in last place in the AL West, but just seven games behind first-place Oakland.

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M. Hendrickson BAL vs. K. Escobar MIL
6-15 Record 11-14
4.21 ERA 3.61
99 K 147
62 BB 50
1.43 WHIP 1.28