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Dodgers' hitters are spreading the wealth

Orlando Hudson is on the verge of 50 RBIs, which would give the team five players with at least the many.

July 25, 2009|Kevin Baxter

Orlando Hudson's next run batted in will give him 50 for the season, allowing him to join Andre Ethier (61), James Loney (58), Casey Blake (57) and Matt Kemp (55) in the 50-RBI club and making the Dodgers the only team in the majors to have that many players with that many RBIs.

And that doesn't even include Manny Ramirez, who has driven in 37 in 44 games.

"I like the fact that you spread it around," Manager Joe Torre said. "If you happen to have one guy out of the lineup for one reason or another, you're still formidable. You just hate to hook your wagon to one guy.

"And the fact that whoever you put in that position doesn't seem to be shying away from the responsibility. That's a big part of it."

Trade winds

The New York Yankees were poised Friday to enter the bidding for Toronto ace Roy Halladay even as Internet reports had the Phillies and Blue Jays rapidly approaching a deal.

But Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, who swooped in at the last minute to nab Ramirez from Boston at last summer's trade deadline, said the Dodgers continue to talk with Toronto about Halladay.

Although Colletti wouldn't divulge names, he said the Blue Jays are asking for "two or three" players, including at least one pitcher, off the Dodgers' major league roster. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, Friday's starter, is not likely to be a serious part of any conversation, however, since the Dodgers consider him all but untouchable.

Although the Dodgers remain a longshot in the Halladay sweepstakes, Torre said landing the former Cy Young Award winner would change the complexion of any team.

"Obviously you include this club. Because to me Roy Halladay is a No. 1 guy," he said. "Any time you add someone like that to your team it's really relieving a lot of the stress off other people.

"And with hopes of getting to the playoffs, once you do get to the playoffs, he's that guy that . . . if he pitches twice in a short series, then you certainly have to be favored. Any manager who has a chance to win always wants to shore up his pitching staff."

Bullpen on

the mend

The Dodgers' battered relief corps could be getting some help just when it needs it most -- with the team scheduled to play 20 games in as many days.

Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, on the disabled list since April 30 because of a strained elbow, threw a scoreless inning for Class-A San Bernardino on Friday and could be activated next week. Kuo retired the side in order on 12 pitches, striking out two.

The appearance was the third in five days for Kuo, who is scheduled to be examined by the Dodgers' medical staff today.

Right-hander Cory Wade, who has made two trips to the DL because of shoulder problems, threw a bullpen session Friday. If he continues to progress, he could rejoin the bullpen on the trip that starts Monday.

However, right-hander Ronald Belisario, out two weeks because of a strained elbow, had a setback after throwing a bullpen session Monday. He needed a cortisone shot to relieve lingering discomfort and will return to throwing off flat ground today.

Celebrity softball

The Dodger Stadium gates will open a half-hour early today, at 4:40 p.m., before the 51st annual Hollywood Stars softball game, which begins at 5. Among the celebrities expected to participate are actors Rob Lowe, James Denton and Mario Lopez, comedian Tom Arnold, boxing champion Shane Mosley and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips.

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kevin.baxter@latimes.com

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