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LAD@NYM: Lilly strikes out seven over five innings

Both Ted Lilly and Tyler Chatwood were California-born and California-raised. Both were drafted by -- and have pitched for -- California teams.

Both will make their 2013 home-state debut when they oppose each other at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Chatwood, born in Fontana, Calif., attended high school in nearby Redlands before the Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He debuted with the Angels in 2011, when he posted a 6-11 record and 4.75 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). That November, his hometown team traded him to Colorado for catcher Chris Iannetta.

Chatwood pitched in 19 contests for the Rockies last season, and allowed four runs in six innings in his first start of the 2013 campaign.

"His stuff is really good," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "He's got plus-stuff. I love the way he competes. I expect he'll get out there [Monday] and give us a chance to win a game."

Lilly, born just outside of Los Angeles in Lomita, Calif., attended high school in Oakhurst before attending Fresno City College. The Dodgers chose him in the 23rd round of the 1996 Draft. He didn't pitch for the franchise until 2010, however, as the Dodgers traded him to Montreal in 1998.

Lilly returned from the disabled list to make a start last Wednesday, his first outing since May because of shoulder surgery. The southpaw limited the Mets to one run in five innings. The Dodgers could benefit from Lilly staying healthy and performing well, as the club has already used nine different starting pitchers.

"I was definitely under the impression I had to prove myself at this level, and understandably, coming off shoulder surgery, prove to myself, too," Lilly said. "I didn't give up on myself, but I needed to prove to myself I can continue to be here."

Rockies: Tulo suffers shoulder injury

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exited Sunday's contest against Arizona with a left shoulder strain. The two-time All-Star made contact with D-backs catcher Miguel Montero while sliding into home plate in the first inning. Tulowitzki exited before the bottom of the third.

The 28-year-old has posted a .308/.394/.603 slash line with six homers and 22 RBIs through 24 games.

Dodgers: Ellis confident he'll be back soon

Second baseman Mark Ellis is optimistic that a couple days off will heal his right quadriceps strain, and that he won't need a trip to the disabled list. He suffered the injury while running to first base during Friday's contest, which he then departed. He hasn't played since.

He is batting .342 with two homers and 11 RBIs and is riding a six-game hitting streak.

"You don't ever want to miss time when you're feeling good at the plate," Ellis said. "But if I was to miss four or five days, that's better than missing two weeks."

Worth noting

• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been on a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, could return from thumb surgery as soon as this week, possibly even during the series with Colorado.

• The Dodgers claimed the season series with the Rockies last year, 10-8, though they outscored Colorado by only one run, 84-83.

• Lilly has owned the Rockies throughout his career, compiling a 10-2 record and 3.92 ERA across 14 starts against Colorado. He has won six straight decisions against them and is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in four career starts against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

• Recently promoted Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who hails from Lake Forest, Calif., expects to have a large contingent of family and friends in attendance for the series at Dodger Stadium. Playing at the ballpark is a special memory for Arenado, as it's the site where his high school team beat Chatwood's team in a state championship game.

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