MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made no secret of his intentions when he shuffled his club's pitching rotation after the All-Star Game.
He wanted his three best pitchers -- Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Riu -- lined up to pitch the three-game series against their chief National League West rivals, the San Francisco Giants, that began Friday night.
Even before seeing the results of his ploy, Mattingly took steps Friday to assure at least his two aces -- Greinke and Kershaw -- would be in line to pitch in both of the clubs' remaining three-game series in September.
By skipping over Dan Haren next week against Atlanta, Mattingly is now one similar move from getting Greinke and Kershaw on schedule to be rested and ready to go when the Dodgers and Giants meet in San Francisco from Sept. 12-14 and again in Los Angeles from Sept. 22-24.
Mattingly used Dodgers days off Thursday and Monday in order to create a situation where Haren, who has been struggling, could be skipped in the rotation and yet no other starter would have to pitch on short rest.
The Dodgers have another such sequence of off days -- Aug. 25 and 28 -- that will allow Mattingly to once again skip a starter and not overtax one of the other four.
If he does that, Greinke would be in line to face the Giants on Sept. 13 and 23, and Kershaw on Sept. 14 and 24.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 11-2, 1.92 ERA) at Giants (RHP Ryan Vogelsong, 5-7, 3.99 ERA)
--LHP Clayton Kershaw was positioned in the rotation after the All-Star break so that he would face the San Francisco Giants this weekend, and it couldn't be working out any better for the Dodgers. Not only will Kershaw get to pitch with a chance to move the Dodgers into first place Saturday night, but he'll be matched up against the Giants' No. 5 starter, RHP Ryan Vogelsong. The San Francisco veteran would be wise to be on top of his game, because Kershaw usually is when he's facing the Giants. He's gone 11-5 in his career against the Giants, having allowed just a .184 batting average and 1.48 ERA in 22 starts.
--RHP Zack Greinke had an eventful night in the Dodgers' 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, contributing a hit and a four-strikeout inning to the victory. The single ignited a five-run fifth inning that broke open a 1-0 game. The four-strikeout inning came in the third, an inning extended one batter when Giants RF Hunter Pence struck out but reached first base when the pitch eluded Dodgers C A.J. Ellis. The four-strikeout inning was the first in the majors this season and first for a Dodger since RHP Brad Penny accomplished the rare feat in 2006.
--RHP Dan Haren won't make his scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly takes advantage of two off days (Thursday and Monday) to skip his No. 5 starter in the rotation while giving the other four adequate rest. Haren has lost his last four starts, games in which the Dodgers have been outscored 23-13. He is expected to rejoin the rotation next Sunday at home against the Chicago Cubs.
--OF Yasiel Puig became the first Dodger in 113 years to record three triples in the same game in Friday's 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. Making his first start since injuring his left hand Saturday and first start of the season in center field, Puig had triples in the first, fifth and sixth innings, the first three-triple game in the majors since CF Denard Span, then of the Minnesota Twins, accomplished the feat in 2010. Puig, who also doubled, recorded career-bests in both extra-base hits (four) and total bases (11) in a game.
--SS Hanley Ramirez added two singles and an RBI to the Dodgers' 15-hit assault that produced an 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Ramirez was playing for the first time since bruising his left hand when hit by a pitch Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez's RBI was his 50th of the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Crazy, man. I've never seen anything like that. Everybody contributed. It was one of those games were everybody was hitting the ball hard." -- Los Angeles right fielder Matt Kemp on OF Yasiel Puig, who became the first Dodger in 113 years to record three triples in the same game in Friday's 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - ROSTER REPORT
--INF Chone Figgins (strained left quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14. He performed fielding and hitting drills beginning June 30. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on July 17.
--INF Erisbel Arruebarrena (right hip flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 23 and was transferred to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 25.
--LHP Scott Elbert (Tommy John surgery in June 2013, appendectomy in January 2014) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 8. He began a rehab assignment with rookie-level Ogden on June 18. He moved his rehab to Class A Rancho Cucamonga on June 21, then to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 30. He was shut down for a week due to sore toe in left foot in early July. He began a new rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga on July 11 and was transferred back to Albuquerque on July 17.
--RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery in April 2013, partially torn flexor tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list March 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 30. He underwent season-ending elbow surgery June 24.
--RHP Chris Withrow (torn right elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 3.
--LHP Onelki Garcia (left elbow surgery in November 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 14.
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
RHP Josh Beckett
RHP Dan Haren
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
RHP Chris Perez
LHP J.P. Howell
RHP Jamey Wright
RHP Brandon League
RHP Brian Wilson
LHP Paul Maholm
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Dee Gordon
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Juan Uribe
INF Justin Turner
INF Miguel Rojas
LF Matt Kemp
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Carl Crawford
OF Scott Van Slyke