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ATL@COL: Chipper, Moyer jaw at one another

Veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer certainly made headlines in his last outing, but it wasn't for reasons he would prefer.

On Friday, the 49-year-old Moyer will make his first start since accusing Braves third baseman Chipper Jones of stealing signs in an on-field verbal exchange last Saturday.

Moyer, who will face the Dodgers and left-hander Chris Capuano, will also be looking to snap out of a recent funk in which he's allowed nine earned runs on 21 hits in just 10 innings over his last two starts. The Rockies will need a much-improved performance from Moyer if they want to notch back-to-back victories for the first time since April 18-20.

"I don't sense any panic," manager Jim Tracy said prior to his club snapping its five-game losing streak Wednesday. "I sense a realization as to what it is that we've been dealing with and ... the understanding we need to put a stop to it."

"I faced him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly commented about Moyer. "He was a soft-tosser then. It's not like he went from Nolan Ryan to what he's doing now. He was always crafty. I'm sure he's a lot like he was in Philly and the last few times we saw him."

Improving on their 2-6 record in the month of May won't come easy for the Rockies, as they face the undefeated Capuano (4-0) in the series opener. In stark contrast to the Rockies' 1-5 team record in Moyer's six starts, the Dodgers are 5-1 in games started by Capuano.

Capuano, who has undergone Tommy John surgery twice, will be looking to record a third consecutive scoreless start for the first time in his eight Major League seasons. He's allowed just three hits in each of his last two starts while not allowing a run in 13 2/3 innings of work. Overall, his scoreless-innings streak stands at 18 2/3 innings dating back to April 23.

"Look out, Orel Hershiser," Capuano joked, referencing the former Dodger who holds the Major League record by tossing 59 consecutive scoreless innings. "Only about 40 more."

Rockies: Tulowitzki expected to play Friday
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki took what he called a "smart day" when he sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Padres to rest his sore left groin.

The groin injury first showed up during Spring Training, but Tulowitzki felt it flare up after hustling to beat out a potential double-play ball Tuesday night. He is expected to be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener following the club's off-day Thursday.

"It just grabbed me," Tulowitzki said when describing what happened Tuesday. "There's a day off [Thursday]. I've got to get out of this time where I'm pushing through it. I kind of took a smart day here. It's tough because we aren't playing well. It's not an easy thing for me."

Dodgers: Hairston hoping to avoid stint on DL
While Matt Kemp recently returned from his left hamstring issue, the Dodgers are still unsure when utility man Jerry Hairston will return from his.

Hairston left Sunday's game after legging out an infield single with what he initially hoped was just a cramp but is now calling a "mild strain."

"Jerry's getting better," said Mattingly. "He's hitting off a tee and [head athletic trainer] Sue [Falsone] will let me know what he can do. We're moving in that direction; the key is how soon we can get something from him."

• Dee Gordon had his eight-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday with an 0-for-5 effort. Gordon hit .313 (10-for-32) with one home run, four RBIs and two doubles during the streak.

Worth noting
• Tulowitzki is 5-for-8 with two home runs and three walks in 11 career plate appearances against Capuano. His .625 average and .727 on-base percentage are both personal highs against any pitcher whom he has faced 10 or more times.

• The Rockies are 9-2 in games played on Wednesday or Friday, but just 4-15 in contests played the other five days of the week.

• The Dodgers have scored 19 runs in the eighth inning, but just 14 in the seventh and ninth innings combined. They are 0-7 this season when trailing entering the seventh frame.

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