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ARI@LAD: Nolasco fans six, holds D-backs to one run

As the Dodgers make their push to secure a spot in the postseason, right-hander Ricky Nolasco couldn't be more excited.

As a kid growing up in Southern California, the Dodgers were Nolasco's favorite team.

"It's just nice being able to pitch for this team. This is home for me and that definitely helps," Nolasco said. "This is the team I always wanted to pitch for, so that helps as well. But this team is just unbelievable."

Since being acquired from the Marlins in July, Nolasco has cemented his spot in the Dodgers' rotation. He's gone 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 12 starts.

He'll look to keep up that pace Saturday against the Giants at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the National League West is four.

The Dodgers will face a tough test in Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, who has always excelled against them. In 21 appearances against the Dodgers, Lincecum is 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA.

He owns the second-lowest ERA against the Dodgers among active pitchers, trailing only Boston's Jake Peavy with a 2.27 ERA. In two starts against the Dodgers this season. Lincecum is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA.

In his previous outing against the Rockies, Lincecum tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits for the no-decision. It snapped his streak of three straight wins.

After surrendering two runs and five hits in the first three innings of Monday's game, Lincecum settled down and retired 14 of the final 16 Rockies he faced.

Giants: Decision coming on Gaudin
With its season close to an end, San Francisco will decide Saturday whether to activate right-hander Chad Gaudin from the disabled list.

"We think the best thing to do is to wait until tomorrow and see how he feels then," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday after Gaudin threw 25 to 30 pitches in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium.

Gaudin is trying to overcome carpal tunnel syndrome. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 16 in Miami.

Dodgers: Ramirez sits out
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has an irritated nerve in his back, the Dodgers announced Friday. The club said the shortstop received a cortisone injection and is expected to be available to play next week.

Ramirez left Thursday's game after six innings with what the Dodgers said was a tight left hamstring. The team had no explanation Friday for the change in diagnosis.

Ramirez, who spent 15 days on the disabled list in 2011 with a lower left back strain, had an MRI exam Friday afternoon. The Dodgers said it showed no difference in comparison to an MRI of the same area in 2011.

"We're going to be able to rest him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We don't have to push him out there at this point. We'll be careful with him as far as making sure that when he gets back out there, we're on the other side of it."

Worth noting
• The Dodgers are 6-6 in September, after going 19-5 in July and 23-6 in August.

• San Francisco is 17-20 on the road against the NL West and 21-10 at home.

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