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Los Angeles at Arizona

Venue: Chase Field
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The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers visited Chase Field, they celebrated clinching the NL West title by jumping into the ballpark's trademark pool in right field.

Yasiel Puig was part of that celebration, and he could be back in the lineup for the first time in four games Friday night when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Arizona.

Los Angeles' mini pool party sparked some tension between the clubs, with several Diamondbacks players taking offense. The Dodgers added more heat to the rivalry by taking both games in Australia from March 22-23.

Puig went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in the second game, but he is just 3 for 15 since and has been held out of the starting lineup for the last three contests due to an injured left thumb suffered sliding into first base Saturday.

Manager Don Mattingly was hoping another full day of rest would be enough for Puig to get healthy.

"With a day off (Thursday), hopefully we get to full strength," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers (6-4) are coming off a 7-6 loss to Detroit in 10 innings Wednesday despite rallying for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it. Reliever Kenley Jansen took the loss after allowing the deciding home run, one night after blowing a save in the ninth before Los Angeles won 3-2 in 10.

Mattingly said he isn't concerned about Jansen, who saved the season opener against Arizona.

"When guys struggle, it's usually two in a row," Mattingly said. "He is healthy. I'm not worried."

Los Angeles will send Hyun-jin Ryu to the mound in this contest as he looks to bounce back from the shortest outing of his career.

Ryu (1-1, 3.86 ERA) gave up eight runs - six earned - and eight hits while walking three in two innings of an 8-4 loss to San Francisco last Friday.

It was a stark contrast from his previous two starts, as he allowed two hits in five scoreless innings of a 7-5 win over Arizona in Australia on March 23 before blanking San Diego for seven innings in Los Angeles' 3-1 win March 30.

"I don't really feel like he got thumped," Mattingly said. "Things didn't go his way, but I like the way he handled himself. He could have gotten irritated."

The left-hander is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in six starts against the Diamondbacks, with Paul Goldschmidt going 8 for 16 with a homer and two doubles off Ryu.

Goldschmidt went 4 for 9 in Australia and is batting .485 during an eight-game hitting streak against the Dodgers. He has a .370 average on the season, but went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts before Tony Campana's fourth hit drove in Cliff Pennington in the top of the 10th of Thursday's 6-5 victory.

Arizona (4-8) has won three of four since a dismal start and will look to keep rolling behind Brandon McCarthy, who has struggled in each of his two outings.

McCarthy (0-1, 7.82) gave up five runs over 6 2-3 innings of Arizona's 9-8 loss to San Francisco on March 31 before allowing six runs in six frames of Saturday's 9-4 defeat against Colorado.

The right-hander retired 10 straight batters after giving up a leadoff single before things fell apart against the Rockies.

"I really don't know what happened," McCarthy said. "I just sort of lost the feel for my sinker."

McCarthy has been solid against the Dodgers, though, going 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles1st NL West7659.563-6-4 L 1
Arizona4th NL West5679.415203-7 L 1
 
 

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Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
E. ArruebarrenaHip
J. BeckettHip, groin
C. BillingsleyElbow
C. FigginsQuadriceps
O. GarciaElbow
P. MaholmKnee
C. PerezAnkle
P. RodriguezShoulder
H. RyuGlute
J. UribeHamstring
S. Van SlykeAnkle
C. WithrowElbow
Arizona
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoElbow
E. ChavezKnee
P. CorbinElbow
P. GoldschmidtFinger
D. HernandezElbow
D. HudsonElbow
C. OwingsShoulder
J. PachecoShoulder
A. PollockHand
M. ReynoldsElbow
C. RossCalf
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 4COLCOL 12-2Nicasio Delgado 
Apr 5COLCOL 9-4Kahnle McCarthy 
Apr 6COLARI 5-3Miley Anderson 
Apr 28ARICOL 8-5Morales Miley 
Apr 29ARICOL 5-4Logan Reed 
Apr 30ARIARI 5-4Reed Kahnle 
Jun 3COLARI 4-2Anderson De La Rosa 
Jun 4COLARI 16-8Ziegler Brothers 
Jun 5COLARI 12-7Arroyo Nicasio 
Aug 8ARIARI 5-3Anderson Matzek 
Aug 9ARIARI 14-4Cahill De La Rosa 
Aug 10ARICOL 5-3Belisle Perez 
Aug 29ARIARI 5-2Ziegler Brothers 
Aug 30ARICOL 2-0  
Aug 31ARI 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 18COL 8:40 PM EDT  
Sep 19COL 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20COL 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21COL 4:10 PM EDT