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SD@LAD: Ryu delivers with bat, arm vs. Padres

Fresh off Tuesday night's thrilling extra-inning walk-off victory, the Dodgers will look to sweep the D-backs on Wednesday night and lower their magic number to clinch the National League West title to four as two of the top young left-handers in baseball meet in the series finale at Dodger Stadium.

In one corner will be Hyun-Jin Ryu, trying to once again become the lone leader in wins among NL rookies. He's currently tied with the Cardinals' Shelby Miller, who picked up his 13th victory on Tuesday.

In the other corner, Patrick Corbin will seek win No. 14 as the D-backs try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the team trying to eliminate them from postseason contention.

Ryu will be making his first appearance since Aug. 30. He was scratched from his scheduled start Friday because of a stiff back. The 26-year-old threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday in Cincinnati and expects to be 100 percent.

"He's been good the last few days," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Ever since the bullpen, he's been fine. No complaints."

Although Ryu has just a 5.82 ERA in four starts against Arizona this season, he's 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in those games.

As for Corbin, the 24-year-old carried a 2.24 ERA and a 12-2 record with him through the first four months of the season, generating an All-Star bid and some early NL Cy Young talk along the way. But from the beginning of August to his first outing in September, Corbin began to struggle, losing four of five decisions while his ERA over the stretch was 5.63.

That downward trend forced the D-backs to entertain thoughts about shutting the southpaw down the rest of the season or moving to a six-man rotation to limit his innings. But after Corbin worked eight strong innings vs. the Giants last week, surrendering three runs while striking out five, the club appears to be feeling better about how its young ace is ending his first full season in the Majors.

"I just think he's locating better," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He made a couple of mistakes, but he's locating the ball better, getting it to both sides of the plate. He's throwing strikes to the inside corner to the righties. It just seemed like he had more arm speed. He's very comfortable out there."

Before Ryu and Corbin go to work, there will be quite a few special moments at Dodger Stadium, as Wednesday's game comes on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Major League Baseball and its clubs will commemorate the anniversary with on-field tributes at all Major League games. This remembrance is part of baseball's ongoing and league-wide effort to honor those whose lives were lost and affected on that tragic day.

Home clubs will mark the anniversary with pregame ceremonies, including a moment of silence, and the "We Shall Not Forget" MLB silhouetted batter ribbon will be displayed throughout ballparks. In addition, special lineup cards and base jewels will be used for every game played. All on-field personnel, including players, coaches and umpires, will wear an American flag patch embroidered on the side of their caps.

At Dodger Stadium, the National 9/11 Flag from the New York Says Thank You Foundation will be unfurled in center field by first responders, including two New York firefighters. There will also be a joint Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff helicopter flyover while more than 50 first responders and chiefs of respective departments line up on the first- and third-base sides.

Dodgers: Kemp still hoping to return
Matt Kemp hasn't played with the Dodgers since July, but Mattingly is optimistic the injured center fielder will be back in the Majors before the end of the regular season.

"I'm starting to feel that way, yeah," Mattingly said Tuesday. "I think everybody is pretty positive that he's on a pretty good track."

Kemp's rehab from a sprained left ankle was slowed last week by tightness in his right hamstring, but Mattingly said he's been encouraged by the medical reports he's received. Kemp hasn't tested his hamstring by running the bases, but he's getting at-bats in simulated games at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. He took 10 at-bats Tuesday in a simulated game.

"It sounded like he swung the bat really well," Mattingly said. "I think he was like 6-for-10 with four homers or something like that, something crazy. He's obviously feeling better."

D-backs: Schulte set for milestone broadcast
D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte will broadcast his 2,500th game for the club Wednesday.

Schulte was hired by the D-backs prior to their inaugural season in 1998 and is the only member of the original broadcast team who has be on board since the beginning. Bob Brenly left the television booth after the 2000 season before returning this year.

"It was something I wanted to do since I was a kid," Schulte said. "I always wanted to be a big league baseball broadcaster. I grew up listening to Harry Carey and Jack Buck in St. Louis. To finally get that opportunity and to make it last now for 16 years is pretty special."

Worth noting
• The D-backs have played 75 extra innings this season, one shy of the MLB record set by the 1969 Twins.

• The D-backs and Dodgers will open the 2014 season with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia on March 22-23. Comments