Their rumoured blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox was completed on Saturday and new recruit Adrian Gonzalez made an instant impact by launching a three-run homer in his first Dodger at-bat later in the day.
The Dodgers went on to win their game against the Miami Marlins 8-2 and they will go for the three-game series sweep today. The BBC’s coverage begins at 21.00 and Nat Coombs and Josh Chetwynd will have plenty to discuss on top of the in-game action.
Los Angeles currently trail the San Francisco Giants by two games in the NL West and if the Dodgers can get the brooms out then that gap will close to 1.5 games before the Giants face the Atlanta Braves in the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game. The Giants won the first two games of the four-game series before Jason Heyward’s three-run shot off Madison Bumgarner helped the Braves claw back one game yesterday.
Two Tims – Hudson and Lincecum – will take to the mound in the series finale.
All times are in BST.
18.05. NY Yankees at Cleveland (Garcia – Jimenez)
18.05. LA Angels at Detroit (Santana – Scherzer)
18.10. St. Louis at Cincinnati (Wainwright – Bailey)
18.10. Houston at NY Mets (Harrell – Hefner)
18.35. Toronto at Baltimore (Alvarez – Tillman)
18.35. Kansas City at Boston (Smith – Doubront)
18.35. Washington at Philadelphia (Zimmermann – Lee)
18.35. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (Rogers – Bedard)
19.10. Seattle at Chicago White Sox (Millwood – Floyd)
19.20. Colorado at Chicago Cubs (Chacin – Volstad)
20.05. Minnesota at Texas (De Vries – Feldman)
21.10. Miami at LA Dodgers (Buehrle – Harang) *BBC 5 Live Sports Extra
21.10. San Diego at Arizona (Volquez – Saunders)
01.00. Atlanta at San Francisco (Hudson – Lincecum) *ESPN America
Elsewhere, the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to even up their series with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday. The much-improved Ervin Santana will look to continue his recent upturn in form against Max Scherzer and the Tigers today. Detroit need a win to remain close to the Chicago White Sox – who have won five in a row – in the AL Central and both the Tigers and Angels will want to tale advantage of fellow Wild Card hunters the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays having a very rare Sunday off.
There’s also an excellent game in prospect at the Great American Ballpark. The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have shared the first two games of their series and the finale should be well worth watching with Adam Wainwright being in scintillating form for the Cards.
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. BBC 5 Live Sports Extra can be found on digital radio, digital TV and on the BBC.co.uk website (coverage on the website is only available to UK residents).