Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rubby looks to solve LA; Wood aims to solve 2016

When Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound for the D-backs on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, he'll be looking to do something he's never done: beat the Dodgers.
De La Rosa is 0-3 with an eye-popping 11.21 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles, the organization that signed and developed him.
Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Alex Wood will be searching for his first win of any kind in 2016.
Wood, winless in five Spring Training starts, lost to the Giants on Thursday in his first start of the regular season. The left-hander cruised through four scoreless innings in that road outing before surrendering five runs in the next one-plus frames.
Wood started three games against the D-backs last season, going 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 16 innings.
De La Rosa went 3 1/3 innings on Thursday in his season debut and was charged with seven runs (six earned) on six hits in a loss to the Cubs. He's back in his normal starting role after helping a depleted D-backs bullpen over the weekend with a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday.
Things to know about this game
• Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is expected to be in the lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday. Grandal, who was activated from the disabled list, pinch-hit in the ninth on Tuesday and plated a run on a groundout in Los Angeles' 4-2 loss. He had been sidelined with a right forearm strain.
• D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-9 (.444) lifetime against Wood, with two home runs and two walks.
• Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick, reinstated from the DL on Tuesday (left calf strain), is 10-for-18 (.556) in his career against De La Rosa, with one double and one homer.

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