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SD@LAD: Marquis allows two runs over 6 1/3 frames

The Dodgers are going back to San Diego on Thursday for the first time since their melee with the Padres at Petco Park in April.

While the clubs have met twice since Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke and broke the $147 million starter's left collarbone on April 11, both of those series were in Los Angeles.

The Padres are 5-4 against the Dodgers this year and have won four of the last six meetings since the benches-clearing incident in San Diego. Still, there hasn't been any retaliation from the Dodgers for Quentin's actions.

Jason Marquis will start for the Padres in the opener of a four-game set, and the sinkerballer will look to continue his mastery of the Dodgers. Marquis has beaten the Dodgers twice this year, posting a 2.37 ERA in three starts.

"Marquis is a tough matchup; he's given us trouble," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He seems like he pitches good every time. He's a guy that keeps the ball down. He can run the ball at you and break the ball off the plate to the other side. He's tough."

Marquis has been even tougher at Petco Park, where he's 6-1 in 10 starts this year. Surprisingly, the right-hander is also 6-1 in games when he's walked four or more batters. He's won each of his last six decisions at home, tied with Jake Peavy for the longest streak in history by a Padres starter at Petco Park.

Fatigue could play a factor for the Dodgers, who will fly across the country from New York after splitting a day-night doubleheader with Yankees on Wednesday.

Stephen Fife, the Dodgers' ninth starter in Spring Training, will start against the Padres for the second time this month. The rookie beat San Diego on June 4 at Dodger Stadium for his first Major League victory. Since then, he's winless in two starts despite posting a respectable 3.09 ERA.

Dodgers: Lilly to return soon
Injured left-hander Ted Lilly is close to returning to the Dodgers, but the club doesn't expect him to be activated during this series.

Lilly, on the 15-day disabled list with a neck issue, is rehabbing in Los Angeles and has resumed throwing. But Mattingly said he did not know if the veteran had thrown a bullpen session. Lilly received an epidural injection in his neck on June 11.

While the Dodgers are scrambling to find a starter for Sunday's series finale because their rotation was disrupted by Tuesday's rainout in the Bronx, Lilly is not an option to make that start. Matt Magill, pulled from his start with Triple-A Albuquerque after two innings on Wednesday, is considered the front-runner.

Coincidentally, Lilly's last start before he went on the DL was against the Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 4. He gave up two home runs and was charged with five runs on six hits in four innings, bumping his ERA to 5.09 through five starts.

Padres: Cabrera placed on disabled list
The Padres will be without shortstop Everth Cabrera for at least two weeks after placing him on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, the result of a mild strain of his left hamstring.

Cabrera has been one of the best players in the National League this season. He leads San Diego with 37 runs scored and 84 hits, is tied for the Major League lead in stolen bases (31) and has a .305 batting average and a .382 on-base percentage while playing a solid defense at short.

"It's tough, but it's probably good," Cabrera said. "For me, at this point, it's probably better to lose 12, 13 games than any more. We'll shut it down so it gets better and I can get back to playing."

Cabrera sustained the injury while trying to steal second base in the eighth inning on Sunday.

With Cabrera out of the picture until July, Alexi Amarista, Pedro Ciriaco and Logan Forsythe are all options at shortstop.

Worth noting
• Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 31-for-73 (.425) with two homers, four doubles and 17 RBIs in his career against the Padres, one of his former clubs.

• Marquis is 8-0 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts since April 28, with the Padres 9-1 in those games. Comments