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Pitcher Chad Billingsley is proving to be a strong spot in an injury-ravaged Dodgers' rotation. He compiled nine wins in the first half of the season. Photo by Gary Leonard.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or dodgers.mlb.com.

Friday, July 25, 7:40 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 7:10 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, 1:10 p.m.: The Dodgers come back down to sea level after a visit to the Mile-High City and a series against last-year's National League champion Colorado Rockies. The club hosts the Washington Nationals and will try to capitalize against their struggling opponent. The Blue Crew start the second half of the season near the top of the still-weak NL West. While the campaign already has been tumultuous, the Dodgers have hung in there and are now seeing results from unexpected sources such as pitcher Eric Stults, who has impressed since being called up from the minor leagues in June. Another bright spot in the rotation is 24-year-old Chad Billingsley, who leads the club with nine wins, and could make a bid to win 20 if he gets some offensive backing. If Matt Kemp can get the offense going at the top of the lineup, the Dodgers may be playing in October after all.

Los Angeles Sparks

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7340 or wnba.com/sparks.

The Sparks depart on a four-game road trip, starting at the Detroit Shock (July 22), and continuing on to the Connecticut Sun (July 24), the New York Liberty (July 25) and the Minnesota Lynx (July 27). However, the team does not return home until the end of August, as the WNBA is suspending its regular season so some of the league's best can compete in the Beijing Olympics. The USA team includes Sparks superstars Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker.

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