As the superlatives to describe Los Angeles' remarkable run over the last two months continue to increase, the Dodgers are making sure that their historic streak won't be soon forgotten.
In winning its 10th consecutive game on Saturday in Philadelphia, the club improved its record over its last 50 games to 42-8, tying the best 50-game stretch since the Yanks and Cardinals posted the same record in 1941 and 1942, respectively.
The Dodgers will aim to keep riding their wave of momentum on Sunday, when they go for a sweep of the Phillies, a task they don't take lightly despite all of their recent success.
"Guys seem pretty confident in what they're doing, they've been prepared and had energy every day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "There's no reason for me to think we're going to start taking wins for granted."
Taking the mound for the Dodgers on Sunday will be right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who is no stranger to pitching in Philadelphia having spent seven and a half seasons with the National League East-rival Marlins. Nolasco is 8-6 with a 3.78 ERA in his career against the Phillies.
Whereas the Dodgers will be looking to push their winning streak to 11, Phillies interim skipper Ryne Sandberg will be aiming for the first win of his Major League managerial career. After taking over for Charlie Manuel on Friday, Sandberg is hoping that a return to normalcy following his first two days at the helm will help his club.
"It feels like back to business, baseball to be played," Sandberg said prior to Saturday's game. "Really, the most important thing is the game, each and every night. That's the focus now. We don't have a long stretch of games, but we have an important stretch of games for the players individually, the organization and everybody involved. We want to improve. We want to show improvement on the field, and it starts with routine, and it starts with the players playing better."
Sandberg on Sunday will have his ace on the mound in left-hander Cole Hamels. Over his last eight outings, Hamels has a 1.98 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He threw a complete game his last time out, holding the Braves to one run on six hits while striking out nine.
Phillies: Halladay throws side session
Right-hander Roy Halladay, recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder, threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to follow up Thursday's rehab start with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies, in which he allowed three runs in six innings.
According to pitching coach Rich Dubee, both the rehab start and bullpen session were "fine."
Halladay will make his second rehab start on Tuesday with Class A Lakewood. Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is recovering from a strained right shoulder, will also make a second rehab start on Tuesday, with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Dodgers: Kemp eyes September return
Matt Kemp continues to make progress in his recovery from a sprained left ankle, but a return isn't likely until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
"He's doing more and bouncing back," Mattingly said of Kemp, who has been out since July 22 and has missed 60 of 122 games this year over three stints on the disabled list.
"He's got to be able to run, to cut, to stop and start. He's doing more all the time. [Medical director] Stan [Conte] said he's 75 percent running. He's going in the right direction. I saw him jump rope today. He's doing more stuff. He's at the point with the ankle where it takes a while."
• The Phillies have lost each of the last 16 games in which they've scored three runs or fewer.
• The Dodgers have won 19 out of their last 20 road games since July 7.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.