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Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers

Venue: Dodger Stadium
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Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job was in jeopardy earlier this month, but that's no longer the case.

The focus on a managerial job in Southern California these days is squarely on the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Mattingly.

Scioscia's Angels can record their first nine-game win streak in nine seasons Monday when they visit the Dodgers, with Zack Greinke facing his former team for Mattingly.

The Angels (23-27) owned the second-worst record in the AL at 15-24 when Scioscia received a vote of confidence from owner Arte Moreno.

Confidence isn't lacking for the Angels now. They rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning for a 5-2 victory at Kansas City on Sunday, putting them in position to win nine straight for the first time since Aug. 18-27, 2004.

"We're rolling right now," said left fielder J.B. Shuck, 7 for 11 in his last three games.

Dodgers team president Stan Kasten said this weekend that Mattingly isn't in immediate danger of being fired. The club is in last place in the NL West, seven games behind first-place Arizona.

Matt Kemp is struggling with a .260 average and career-low .343 slugging percentage, and was benched in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

"Today, Matt not playing is the best thing for him, it's the best thing for us," Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website.

Andre Ethier was benched three times by Mattingly during a six-game trip last week before he was reinstated to the lineup for all three games this past weekend. He went 1 for 10 as the Dodgers (20-28) lost twice to fall to 7-15 in May.

Mattingly knows the next four days against the Angels won't be any easier.

"We all know they have a talented club and they were going to put it together," he said. "I wish they would have just waited a little longer before they put it together."

Greinke (2-1, 3.48 ERA) went 6-2 with a 3.90 ERA for the Angels last year after being acquired from Milwaukee on July 27.

The free agent was considered the top arm on the market this offseason, with interest from the Dodgers, Angels and Texas. He said at his introductory Dodgers press conference that the Angels "never really got into it when the details came" to re-sign him, and he chose the $147 million, six-year deal with Mattingly's club.

The right-hander has pitched twice since returning from a broken left collarbone suffered April 11. This is the second straight outing he will face a former team after he allowed five runs over four-plus innings of a 5-2 defeat to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Greinke has dominated Josh Hamilton, who is 1 for 19 with nine strikeouts against him. He has never faced Mike Trout, 12 for 26 with 10 runs during a six-game hitting streak.

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has gone 5 for 7 with two homers and six RBIs over his last two contests and is 4 for 10 against C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.39), who starts Monday for the Angels.

The left-hander ended a three-start losing streak Wednesday by giving up one run over eight innings with 10 strikeouts in a 7-1 win over Seattle.

The Angels have won 13 of their last 18 against the Dodgers, taking nine of the past 12 meetings on the road.

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Probable Starters

C.J. Wilson, LHP
2013 stats
63.2 Innings Pitched 20.2
4-3 Wins-Losses 2-1
3.39 Earned Run Average 3.48
32 Walks 4
60 Strikeouts 15
110 Pitches Per Start 88
Career vs. opponent
8.0 Innings Pitched 48.2
0-0 Wins-Losses 1-4
1.13 Earned Run Average 3.70

Zack Greinke, RHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
74°F58°F8mph/SW50%5%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles1st AL West9864.605-3-7 L 3
Los Angeles1st NL West9468.580-8-2 W 5
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Zack Greinke
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Iannetta42011.500
Harris42002.500
Aybar167022.438
Pujols185032.278
Hamilton191019.053
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs C.J. Wilson
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Kemp110001.000
Gonzalez104003.400
Uribe72000.286
Punto41020.250
Ethier41001.250
 
Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
R. BrasierForearm
S. BurnettElbow
J. HamiltonShoulder
B. MoranElbow
G. RichardsKnee
M. ShoemakerOblique
T. SkaggsElbow
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
J. BeckettHip, groin
C. BillingsleyElbow
S. FifeElbow
C. FigginsQuadriceps
O. GarciaElbow
D. GordonHip
P. MaholmKnee
H. RamirezKnee
P. RodriguezShoulder
H. RyuShoulder
C. WithrowElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Jun 26LADLAD 1-0Beckett Wainwright 
Jun 27LADSTL 3-1Maness Ryu 
Jun 28LADLAD 9-1Greinke Lynn 
Jun 29LADLAD 6-0Kershaw Miller 
Jul 18STLSTL 3-2Lynn Haren 
Jul 19STLSTL 4-2Kelly Greinke 
Jul 20STLLAD 4-3Howell Rosenthal 
Oct 3LAD 6:37 PM EDT  
Oct 4LAD 9:37 PM EDT  
Oct 6STL   
Oct 7STL   
Oct 9LAD