NL West Notes: Dodgers, Giants, Cole

Jason Hammel and Ian Kennedy, who were both acquired in trades, will take the hill against one another tonight with identical 3-1 records and comparable ERAs (Hammel: 3.23, Kennedy: 3.92). Here's the latest on their division before this evening’s RockiesD'Backs contest…

  • Andre Ethier told Yahoo's Tim Brown that he isn't worried about the Dodgers' ability to make payroll. Owner Frank McCourt may not have enough money to pay his players on June 1st because of his financial troubles.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports agrees with Giants manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean: their team is a work in progress. 
  • As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic explains, it's possible that UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will be available to the D'Backs when they select third overall in this June's amateur draft.

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