The lower 48

Once they get into games, John Lindsey and Russ Mitchell will give the Dodgers 48 players this season. However, climbing the final steps of the mountain to match the Los Angeles record of 53, set in 1998Damon Hollins, anyone? – will be an Everestian challenge. Two pitchers on the 40-man roster, Brent Leach and Javy Guerra, could make it 50, and outfielder Trayvon Robinson 51, but with the 40-man roster full, it gets dicey after that.

Will the Dodgers be the cure for the what ails the Padres? Los Angeles isn’t the cure for starting pitcher Mat Latos, who was scratched from tonight’s game and replaced by Tim Stauffer. Not often you see the losing pitcher from the previous day’s game make a start. Stauffer threw 13 pitches Sunday and was charged with two runs. Stauffer is making only the fourth start by someone outside of the Padres’ regular 2010 starting rotation this year.

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