Dodgers get ready for Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and Colorado Rockies will meet in a three-game series starting Friday night, the first time they have seen each other since the final weekend of the 2009 regular season, when both teams had clinched playoff spots, but the Rockies were still furiously trying to catch the Dodgers for the National League West title.

The Dodgers finally clinched by winning the middle game of that series behind six shutout innings from Clayton Kershaw.

This year, the two divisional co-favorites coming into the season have gotten off to sluggish starts. The Rockies are at even .500, the Dodgers slightly below.

Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.08), the Dodgers' most dependable starter thus far this season, will take the mound in the opener against rookie right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-1, 5.63). The Dodgers will send knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (0-3, 6.56) to the mound Saturday night for his first start since April 27 against Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 0.00), who has given up only one hit in eight innings this season.

Finally, on Sunday, Kershaw (1-2, 4.99) will be opposed by the best pitcher in the NL so far this season, Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (6-0, 0.87).

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.