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HOU@SF: Cain solid over 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball

When the Giants' Matt Cain goes against the Dodgers on Friday in the first game of a three-game series at AT&T Park, he'll be facing a team with a brand new focal point. Hanley Ramirez has played well in his first two games with Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are still looking for their first win with him.

Ramirez, acquired from the Marlins in a trade on Wednesday, has reached base six times in his first two games with the Dodgers. The former All-Star adds more depth to Los Angeles' lineup, and Cain and company will now have to get through Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Ramirez in succession.

"I'm real excited about it," said Ethier on Wednesday. "It's an unbelievable pickup to get a player of his caliber, and we're not getting just two months, but two more years on top of that. It's nice to know that me and Kemp and him will be here two years, give or take."

Cain is having an outstanding season with a 10-3 record and 2.74 ERA in 19 starts and having authored a perfect game June 13 against the Astros. The right-hander worked to a no-decision in his last start, but he kept the Giants in the game in a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over the Phillies.

"It seems like we're doing a lot of things right now. A lot of the guys are finding ways to pick each other up," Cain said. "I don't know if it's our best baseball, but I know that we're playing really well and we have to keep that going. ... We have to keep doing what we're doing and get the job done."

Los Angeles originally scheduled Nate Eovaldi to start this game, but he went to Miami in the Ramirez trade. Right-hander Stephen Fife, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make the start. Fife made a successful Major League debut on July 17 when he held the Phillies to one run on four hits in six innings. He was returned to Triple-A the next day.

Reliever Scott Elbert was placed on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation to make room for Fife.

Despite having to turn to a rookie starter, the Dodgers are thrilled to have added a player like Ramirez to their core, and manager Don Mattingly hopes to keep his team together a long time.

"You're looking at three guys -- 28, 29 years old -- in the prime of their careers," Mattingly said. "We have a chance to put something together and a chance to build around these guys."

And it's not just the manager and the star players; everyone is buying into it. Veteran Juan Uribe may be displaced as a starter by the trade, but he's still happy to have Ramirez on board.

"He's a good guy, you know?" said Uribe. "He will help the team a lot. I'm somebody all about helping the team. If he's the third baseman, that's good for him. If he's what the team needs to win, it's good. I'm not mad if I don't play. If the team wins, it's OK. That's what I want, for the team to win."

Dodgers: Owner looking to make more moves
Team owner Mark Walter said Wednesday the Dodgers are not through making moves. The Dodgers still are in the market for a starting pitcher and Walter said he's given president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti the wherewithal to make more happen.

"We just got started," Walter said while watching batting practice Wednesday. "We're not stopping. We're going to add more. We're going to make it so nobody wants to play the Dodgers."

Giants: Sandoval decision coming
Pablo Sandoval injured his left hamstring while playing first base on Tuesday night, and the Giants will decide on Friday whether the ailment will send him to the disabled list. Sandoval is batting .299 with eight home runs this season, and he's driven in 33 runs and scored 36 times in 62 games.

Worth noting
The Dodgers are 0-2 with Ramirez and have lost three straight games overall.

• The Giants hold a three-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West. San Francisco is 31-17 at home this season and Los Angeles is 24-27 on the road.

• The Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Comments