Giants Go for Division Lead Tonight vs. Dodgers

By Joe Kukura
|  Thursday, Sep 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:20 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 15: Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants safely scores on Rod Barajas #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aubrey Huff;Rod Barajas

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It's not just the last time all season the Giants will face the Dodgers when the two teams take the field tonight at AT&T Park, it's the Giants' first real chance to take over first place in the NL West. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Bay Area at 7 p.m.

Looking at the standings, we see that a Giants win coupled with a Padres loss tonight at St. Louis would give San Francisco sole possession of the NL West division lead.

And even if the Padres do beat the Cardinals, just a Giants win ties them with the Atlanta Braves for the lead in the wild card standings going into the weekend.

It's been a heck of a tight series thus far. The Dodgers nipped the Giants 1-0 Tuesday night, then the Giants nipped them right back 2-1 last night.

It's a battle of left-handed pitchers, with the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez facing Ted Lilly.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre went and watched Oakland Raiders practice today, the Oakland Tribune reports. Let's hope the Raiders' winning ways rubbed off on him.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who doesn't mind pointing out that the San Francisco Giants don't mind pointing out that Jonathan Sanchez currently has a 12-inning shutout streak in progress.

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