LOS ANGELES -- The 2012 National League season has been nothing short of amazing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite a slew of injuries that would have ended the pennant hopes of most teams, the Dodgers will still be leading the NL West when play resumes after the All Star break on Friday as they host San Diego at Dodger Stadium. And even though it will be Friday the 13th, it should be a good day for Don Mattingly's bunch.
2011 MVP runner-up Matt Kemp and 2-time All Star Andre Ethier will be back in the starting lineup, giving the struggling offense the presence of two of baseball's top run producers. Second baseman Mark Ellis (surgery for a blood clot) and pitcher Javy Guerra (knee surgery) returned prior to the break, but they'll be missing shortstop Dee Gordon, out for at least six weeks following surgery on his thumb. Pitchers Matt Guerrier and Blake Hawksworth are both on the 60 day DL and their return is up in the air.
All in all, the Dodgers have been a remarkable team, b...