Kenta Maeda, who has emerged as the No. 2 starter in the Dodgers' rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, makes his first start in PNC Park Saturday night against left-hander Jeff Locke.
In his last five starts, Maeda has gone 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA. In his last start, June 19 against the Brewers, he pitched 6 1/3 innings. Other than Kershaw, Maeda is the only Dodgers starting pitcher to throw more than six innings in a start since May 14 (three times).
Locke beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Monday, 1-0, the Pirates' only win in their last nine games prior to Friday night. He allowed five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings and didn't walk anyone. He gave up a combined 18 runs in his previous two starts.
Things to watch for
• Dodgers left-handed reliever, and native Pennsylvanian, Adam Liberatore is having an off-the-radar phenomenal season. In 24 innings over 32 games, he has a 0.75 ERA, second lowest among National League qualifiers, and he didn't even open the season in the big leagues.
• Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, who's gone 1-for-14 (.071) on this homestand, should be back in the lineup Saturday night after not starting Friday night.
• Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his club will try to get to the All-Star break with eight relievers and a four-man bench.