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LAD@NYM: Ryu strikes out eight in strong start

Nothing came easy for the Dodgers Monday night in a 12-2 loss to the Rockies.

However, they'll try to turn the page come Tuesday at Dodger Stadium as dependable Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound.

Solid in his first month in the Majors, Ryu has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts with a 2-1 record and 3.41 ERA over 31 2/3 innings.

Making his country proud, the left-hander will meet fellow Korean superstar PSY after Tuesday's game and present the singer with his jersey.

On Thursday against the Mets, Ryu allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings in a no-decision. He also fanned eight to bring his season total to 34 strikeouts.

"His slider is pretty deceptive because it did two things," Mets first baseman Ike Davis said after the game. "Sometimes he threw one that just went straight across, and then the other one would have depth. We didn't find a lot of barrels off him."

He could have a tough time against a Rockies team that has scored 24 runs in its last five games and sits atop the National League West.

One of the hitters who likely will be in the lineup is Yorvit Torrealba, who is the personal catcher for Jorge De La Rosa, Tuesday's starter.

Torrealba, who has played in 11 games so far this season, is hitting .280 with four RBIs. Not only did he have a game-winning hit against Atlanta on April 12, but Torrealba is 3-for-3 as a pinch-hitter this season, showing that he can hit in almost any situation.

"I try to minimize my strikeouts and stay in the middle of the field most of the time. It's something that's been on my mind most of my career, but now I feel I can do it a little bit easier, a little bit better," Torrealba said of his approach. "Earlier in my career, I was young and I tried to hit home runs all the time. I have better focus and can have quality at-bats."

Rockies: De La Rosa takes the hill
• De La Rosa takes the mound on Tuesday looking for his third win of the season.

On Thursday against the D-backs, the left-hander took a loss, allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings. De La Rosa has four quality starts this season, but only two wins to show for it.

He is 0-7 with a 6.22 ERA against the Dodgers in 13 career games (nine starts). Those seven losses are his most against any team.

Dodgers: Ramirez activated from DL
• Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was activated from the disabled list before Monday's game against the Rockies, but wasn't in the starting lineup.

To make room for Ramirez, the Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list.

"I just want to be in there," said Ramirez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb March 22. "I don't want to wait any longer. I'm a gamer. I think that I can play."

Ramirez went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs in two rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, playing 12 innings at shortstop. He entered Monday's game as a pinch-hitter and struck out to end the seventh.

Worth noting
• Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is a career .356 (68-for-191) hitter against the Dodgers with nine doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.

• Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano threw a bullpen session and worked on his fielding to test his strained left calf on Monday at Dodger Stadium and is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday.

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