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Full Preview, Predictions for 2014's First Dodgers-Giants Rivalry Clash
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Matt Kemp is expected back from the disabled list on Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off this weekend in what will be the first of six series matchups between the longtime rivals.

While the Giants got the best of the Dodgers in 2013, winning 11 of 19 games, it was only a small consolation considering how their season was in the tank by late July. Meanwhile, after a terrible start the Dodgers were the best team in baseball over the final 90 games of the regular season. 

From June 22 on, the Dodgers were 22.5 games better than the defending World Series champs. They cruised to a division title and their first playoff appearance since 2009. The Giants, on the other hand, finished with their first losing season since 2008.

These teams appear to be heading in opposite directions. This will be San Francisco's first chance to prove that they haven't fallen too far from the MLB throne.

Winning three of four games on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks was a nice start. Taking two of three from the Dodgers would show the baseball world that they're still a force to be reckoned with.

Of course, a three-game sweep by the Dodgers would show that they're still the team to beat in the division, despite the loss of ace starter Clayton Kershaw for at least the next several weeks with a back injury. 

Here's a look at the upcoming matchups and predictions for each of the three games. 

 

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