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With Dodgers sale complete, new owners meet media

A new era of Dodgers baseball is under way.

The Dodgers will return to Chavez Ravine on Monday for the team's first home game under Guggenheim Baseball Management, and they welcome the rival Giants to Dodger Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.

Between the excitement generated by the new ownership group and the Giants coming to Los Angeles, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday he expects a big crowd to be on hand.

"The last two or three days of the last homestand, the crowds were great," Mattingly said. "I don't know what it was. But it's great playing in front of people."

Left-hander Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers after coming out of his last outing with oblique tightness. The lefty threw an abbreviated bullpen session Friday and said he's good to go.

Lilly is off to a 3-0 start for the first time in his career, but has struggled against San Francisco of late, losing his past three starts against the Giants and giving up 14 earned runs in his last 14 innings against them. The left-hander last beat San Francisco on June 30, 2008, while with the Cubs.

On Monday, Lilly will have to deal with hot-hitting Giants outfielder Angel Pagan, who went 2-for-4 on Sunday to extend his Major League-high hitting streak to 20 games. Pagan joins teammate Pablo Sandoval in the 20-game hitting streak club this season, as the duo became only the third pair of Giants teammates -- and first since the team moved to San Francisco -- to have hitting streaks of at least 20 games in the same season.

Pagan, who is hitting .315 during his streak, has five hits in 10 career at-bats against Lilly.

Giants: Cabrera in three-hole
• With Sandoval on the disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, outfielder Melky Cabrera has slid into the three-hole in the Giants' lineup and continued to produce.

"He's out there every day. He's the perfect guy to have in the two-hole or the three-hole," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He can steal a base for you and he can drive the ball."

• Left-hander Barry Zito will start for the Giants on Monday after lasting only 3 2/3 innings and walking seven his last time out against the Marlins. He has a 3.97 ERA in his career against the Dodgers.

Dodgers: Uribe to have wrist examined
• Juan Uribe, who injured his left wrist sliding into home April 15, will have his wrist examined Monday, Mattingly said. Uribe hasn't started the last five games after reaggravating the injury last week in Denver.

• Rachel Robinson, the widow of Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is scheduled to throw out Monday's ceremonial first pitch.

Worth noting
• Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is a career .426 (20-for-47) hitter against Zito, while right fielder Andre Ethier is hitting only .161 (5-for-31) against the lefty.

• Giants starting pitchers have limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 17 of their past 18 games. Comments