Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Goldy, D-backs wait out Maeda, spoil LA opener

 Paul Goldschmidt's tiebreaking homer on a 3-0 fastball from Chris Hatcher with one out in the eighth inning helped the D-backs to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday and spoiled Vin Scully's final home opener in the Dodger Stadium broadcast booth.
"It's a tie game, I'm just trying to find a way to get on base," Goldschmidt said of his homer. "Fortunately I was able to get it out of there. It was a good job for us to be able to tack on a few more, and the bullpen did a great job. So did [Patrick] Corbin. All and all, it was a good win, and we were fortunate to come from behind like that."
Dodgers rookie Kenta Maeda, who also threw six scoreless innings in his Major League debut last week in San Diego, held Arizona scoreless over six innings on five hits while striking out four.
"Maeda was great; he has so many weapons," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "After six innings and 95 pitches, I thought that was a good time to go to the 'pen and give Petey [Pedro Baez] a clean inning."
Nick Ahmed tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the seventh inning off Baez.
Corbin allowed one run in six innings for the D-backs, with Tyler Clippard getting the win in relief and Brad Ziegler the save.
Howie Kendrick, activated off the disabled list for the game, led off the second inning for the Dodgers with a single, took second on Trayce Thompson's infield single, tagged to third onCorey Seager's flyout and scored on A.J. Ellis' perfect bunt.
Goldschmidt drove in an insurance run with an RBI groundout in the ninth after Socrates Brito hit an RBI triple.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gold standard vs. Dodgers: Something about facing the Dodgers seems to bring out the best in Goldschmidt. Including Tuesday's 1-for-5 effort, he has hit .338 against the Dodgers in his career, with 22 homers and 65 RBIs. Dodger Stadium has also been a friendly place for him, as he hit .450 with five home runs at Chavez Ravine in 2015. The home run was the first of Goldschmidt's career when the count was 3-0.
"He has got comfortable doing it," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He got a pitch to handle and you trust him. When you trust a guy, that's when you give him a 3-0 hit sign."More >
Great escapes: Arizona had runners on second and third with no outs in the second inning, but Maeda struck out Yasmany Tomas, then got Corbin and Ahmed on grounders. With two out in the sixth, Welington Castillo singled and was thrown out at home on Jake Lamb's double, Yasiel Puig's throw relayed by Justin Turner to Ellis.
Slow going: Castillo is not known for his speed, and his lack of it cost Arizona on the basepaths a couple of times. After Castillo led off the second with a single to center, Lamb doubled to right-center, but third-base coach Matt Williams had to hold Castillo at third. Then in the sixth with two outs, Castillo was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Lamb's second double of the game.
"That was a correct decision by him," Hale said of Williams. "He had to take a shot. They did a really nice job of the cutoff and relaying to throw him out at home."
Streaking Seager: Seager led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double and scored on a groundout. The double extended the rookie's hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last year.
QUOTABLE
"Compared to my last outing, I thought I had less command of my pitches and I threw more pitches in general. So as a result, I ended up throwing only six innings. Hopefully next time, I'll be able to stretch it out and throw a couple more innings with fewer pitches." -- Maeda
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Maeda joined Karl Spooner (1954) and Kaz Ishii (2002) as the only Dodgers to begin a career with two scoreless starts, according to Elias.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Puig singled to left in the fifth and stretched it into a hustle double. Tomas' throw to second was a little offline and pulled second baseman Jean Segura off the bag. Puig slid by the bag and reached back to tag second with his hand. Meanwhile Segura, also on his stomach, reached out to try to touch Puig's hand.
Puig was ruled safe and the D-backs challenged the call. After a three-minute, 51-second review, the call stood.
WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: Rubby De La Rosa will get the start at 7:10 p.m. MST Wednesday night against the Dodgers. De La Rosa, who came up through the Dodgers' organization, struggled mightily against them in 2015, compiling an 11.21 ERA in four starts.
Dodgers: Alex Wood makes his second start in the 7:10 p.m. PT game on Wednesday. Against the Giants, he threw four scoreless innings, then allowed five of the next 10 batters he faced to score. He had a 7.13 spring ERA.

Heavy hitters carry Tigers to win vs. Pirates

Justin Upton hit a tape-measure drive to center field for his first home run as a Tiger as part of a four-hit attack, supporting Anibal Sanchez through 5 2/3 innings for an 8-2 win over the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park.
J.D. Martinez added a pair of RBI hits as part of his four-hit game and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double to help Detroit build an early lead off struggling Pirates starter Juan Nicasio(1-1) and add on late. Nicasio, who tossed six innings of one-run ball for the win in his Pirates debut last week, labored through three innings and 94 pitches Tuesday.
Sanchez (2-0) had retired 10 consecutive Pirates and was an 0-2 pitch away from striking out the top of the Pittsburgh order in the sixth when David Freese's infield single set up Starling Marte's second homer of the year. Three add-on runs off Kyle Lobstein restored Detroit's cushion before Ian Kinsler's seventh-inning solo homer off Cory Luebke put the game away.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Upton up and away: Upton, the prized free-agent signing who has fit into the two-hole in Detroit's lineup, made his first home run as a Tiger a memorable one, taking a Nicasio slider and depositing it into the center-field camera well. The estimated 451-foot drive opened the scoring.
Rally starts and stops quickly: A two-out, two-run home run by Marte in the sixth inning was followed by a walk to Francisco Cervelli, putting the tying run at the plate in a 4-2 game, but Justin Wilson, who relieved Sanchez, got Gregory Polanco to ground out to second to end the threat. The Tigers would score three in the next frame to break it open.

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Miley set for Safeco debut, duel with Holland

Wade Miley has never pitched at Safeco Field. Derek Holland can testify that it is not a bad place to pitch, even if it has been a few years since he won here.
Miley, who was acquired in a trade from the Red Sox in the offseason, will make his first start at home with the Mariners when he faces Holland and the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Miley spent one season with the Red Sox and four prior to that with the D-backs. He made two career starts against the Mariners but never in Seattle.
"This is a beautiful place, a beautiful setting," Miley said. "And it's big. It seems like some balls hit the last three days, I was kind of shocked they didn't get out of here. I thought, 'Wow man, it'd be nice to make a mistake and somebody crushes one and it gets caught on the track somewhere.' Just keep it away from the lines, I guess, and keep them in the middle of the field."
Holland is 10-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 17 career starts and four relief appearances against the Mariners, who he has more wins against than any other opponent. He is 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances at Safeco Field. But his last win here was on Aug. 27, 2013.
"It's a great place to play," Holland said. "It's pitcher-friendly. It's also cold, so you can get away with a little more pitching inside. Hitters don't like it when it stings. But I don't think too much about the ballpark. I've got to make my pitches. I can't worry about the ballpark."
Three things to know about this game
• Robinson Cano is 15-for-37 against Holland for a .405 batting average. He also has a .436 on-base percentage and a .703 slugging percentage. He is one of two left-handed hitters with two home runs off Holland in his career. The other is Hideki Matsui.
• Rangers fourth outfielder Ryan Rua is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. It will be his third straight start. Nomar Mazara, who hits left-handed, is also expected to be in the lineup for the Rangers even with a lefty on the mound.
• First baseman Dao-Ho Lee and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, both right-handed hitters, will likely be in the Mariners lineup with a left-hander on the mound for the Rangers.

A's Graveman, Angels' Santiago square off

A's pitcher Kendall Graveman is looking to halt a six-game losing streak dating back to last year when he faces the Angels on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum.
Graveman's streak is the longest losing streak by an Oakland starter since Tyson Ross' eight-gamer in 2012. No Angel player has more than six plate appearances against Graveman. Angels starter Hector Santiago is 3-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) against the A's. He had 4.95 ERA in four starts against the A's last year.
Three Things to Know
• Billy Burns is scheduled to spell Coco Crisp at the leadoff and center field spots on Tuesday, A's manager Bob Melvin said. The two rotate and going into Monday's game Crisp has started three consecutive games. Melvin will try to keep Crisp fresh considering his past neck injuries. "Early on [in the season], three in a row I think's enough," Melvin said.
• Santiago is coming off a really solid start, holding the Rangers to three runs [two earned] on four hits and two walks in six-plus innings, striking out seven. His fastball was 93-94 mph, a couple of ticks harder than where it has been the last couple of years.
• Graveman took the loss in his season debut Thursday after allowing two runs on three hits, including a home run, in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts against the White Sox.

Giants, Rockies set to open series after off-days

The Giants and Rockies square off for the first time in 2016 for a three-game National League West showdown at Coors Field starting Tuesday night. Coming off an intense four-game set with the rival Dodgers, the Giants will come in a little refreshed from a day off.
The Rockies got a day off as well heading into their third consecutive series against a division club to start the season (they've faced the D-backs and Padres). Two right-handers square off in their second starts this year: Giants key free-agent pickup Jeff Samardzija and the Rockies' Tyler Chatwood. Samardzija will face a powerful Colorado lineup that includes rookie Trevor Story, who hit his seventh homer of the season on Sunday.
Things to know about this game
• The Rockies edged the season series, 11-8, in 2015. The teams split 10 games at Coors Field, and Colorado was 6-3 at AT&T Park. San Francisco is 210-166 in the all-time series.
• Chatwood won after allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in Arizona. It was his first appearance since April 29, 2014, after missing most of that season and all of '15 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
• Samardzija allowed three runs on eight hits (one homer) and three walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his Giants debut for a no-decision against the Brewers.

Medlen, Fiers square off in Houston

The Royals and Astros meet in the second game of a four-game set on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. Kansas City right-hander Kris Medlen makes his first start of the season against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers.
Medlen was skipped through the first time through the rotation, mostly because the Royals had three built-in off-days. He did throw a simulated game last Thursday. Medlen struggled with command during Spring Training, posting a 5.94 ERA in five starts.
The Royals' running game is a key element to their offense, but the Astros do a terrific job of limiting the damage. 
"With their slide step and quick moves to home," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "they do about as good a job against us as anyone." 
In last year's best-of-five American League Division Series, the Royals had just four stolen bases and were caught once.
Things to know about this game
• Astros slugger Evan Gattis could be back in the lineup after being activated off the disabled list on Monday night. Gattis, who had sports hernia surgery prior to Spring Training, started at designated hitter and homered in his fourth rehab game at Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday. He led the Astros in triples (11), homers (27) and RBIs (88) last season.
• Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain entered this series hitting .377 (23-for-61) in his career against the Astros.
• Astros rookie first baseman Tyler White, who was named the AL Player of the Week on Monday, has more hits (10) and home runs (three) than any Astros player has collected within their first six career games in franchise history.
• Astros manager A.J. Hinch, when asked about the struggles of Jose Altuve and George Springer at the top of the order: "When we get this thing clicking and all guys operating at their best, we're going to be one of best offenses in league."

Blazing starters: Jose, Thor ready to bring the heat

Two flame-throwers will start Tuesday's 7:10 p.m. ET game of the Marlins-Mets' three-game series: Miami's Jose Fernandez and New York's Noah Syndergaard. With the velocity both pitchers can bring, there will be plenty of scoreboard watching to see how fast each one is throwing.
You might see a few 100-mph fastballs, and certainly plenty of upper-90 readings.
Syndergaard's sinker, according to Statcast™, averages a whopping 98.58 mph, which is remarkable when you consider the league average is 92.61 mph. Fernandez counters with a four-seam fastball average of 96.67 mph, more than 4 mph higher than the MLB average of 92.61.
Fernandez will be well rested, as he makes his second start six days after his season debut, when he struck out 13 batters in 5 2/3 innings. However, the 23-year-old right-hander lost that game to the Tigers, which snapped his MLB-record streak of 17 consecutive wins at home to begin his career. Lifetime on the road, Fernandez has been less dominant: 5-9 with a 3.78 ERA in 21 starts.
"I would say his stuff is good and it's going to play everywhere," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "There's no reason that he can't pitch the same on the road. His stuff is good, no matter if he's home or away."
Syndergaard is making his second start after throwing six shutout innings at Kansas City, while fanning nine batters in a win, seven days ago.
"It's never fun when you've got to go face those guys, but it's a great challenge," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And that's what these guys do. That's why we play this game is to go out and compete against the best. It will be fun to see."
Three things you need to know about this game
• Mattingly, who wants to get his bench players some time, hinted that some lineup shuffling could take place in the final two games of the series. Catcher Jeff Mathis, who has worked well in the past with Fernandez, is a possible candidate to start. Justin Bour didn't start at first on Monday against lefty Steven Matz, with Chris Johnson getting the nod. Bour should be back Tuesday.
• Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom left the team Monday to join his wife, who was in labor with the couple's first child. The Mets do not anticipate placing deGrom on paternity leave and adding a 26th player to their roster -- at least not unless something happens over the next game or two to precipitate the need. Placing him on MLB's paternity leave list would forfeit the Mets' ability to backdate a potential disabled list stint, should deGrom's right lat injury linger.
• Since the start of Spring Training, Mattingly has basically stuck with his same batting order, with the top four being Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Ozuna has come out of the gate slowly, but Mattingly isn't eager to make a change - just yet.
"You just kind of see, and let guys get going, and we'll see where everything goes," Mattingly said. "Obviously, you just don't stay with something because that's the way you started it. You try to put everybody in the best position. For right now, I don't plan on making any major changes with it. Marcell hasn't gotten off to a great start, but I have confidence in what he can do."

Kluber, Moore set to square off in series opener

The Indians will be happy to see a roof when they arrive to Tropicana Field on Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series against the Rays.
Over the first week of the season, the Indians dealt with three postponements due to a mix of snow, rain and near-freezing conditions both in Cleveland and Chicago. Needless to say, ace Corey Kluber will enjoy taking the mound in short sleeves rather than working in the 34-degree temperature he faced in his Opening Day start on April 5 at Progressive Field.
In that outing, which came in the coldest season-opener on record in Indians history, Kluber allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox. He struck out five and walked two, picking up a loss.
Kluber will be opposed by Rays lefty Matt Moore, who picked up a no-decision against the Blue Jays in his season debut on April 6. Against Toronto, Moore struck out six, walked two and was charged with three runs on five hits in five innings for Tampa Bay.
Rays manager Kevin Cash -- Cleveland's bullpen coach under manager Terry Francona in 2013-14 -- is looking forward to having the Tribe in town.
"It's always special when you're playing a team that you have a lot of respect for," Cash said. "[I have] a lot of admiration, not just for Tito [Francona], but a lot of people over in that organization. Now they came in last year and beat us up pretty good, so we want to do kind of everything we can to repay the favor."
Things to know about this game
• Indians righty Carlos Carrrasco is scheduled to take the ball for the second game of this series. The last time Tampa Bay saw Carrasco, he nearly threw a no-hitter. The big right-hander was one strike away from a no-no on July 1 last season before Joey Butler delivered a two-out, two-strike single. As it happens, Butler is now in Cleveland's organization, playing for Triple-A Columbus.
• Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has done well against Kluber, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with one home run and three RBIs. Logan Morrison (.400 average in 10 at-bats) and Kevin Kiermaier (.375 in 10 at-bats) have also had success in a small sample against the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner.
• With Moore and lefty Drew Smyly scheduled to start the first two games for Tampa Bay, expect Indians rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin to start off on the bench. Naquin has only had one start this season as Cleveland has faced three lefties in its first four games. He is still an option as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement for the Tribe.

Wright gets the call for undefeated Orioles

The Orioles may be just six games into the season, but the undefeated club is firing on all cylinders. Baltimore will look to stay perfect against the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox saw the power of the Orioles' lineup in Monday's game when the team hit two three-run home runs on the way to a 9-7 win. Baltimore is the only team still unbeaten in the Majors, and the 6-0 start is the best since the franchise moved to Baltimore.
"It's a lineup built around power, and they've shown that already. They also have solid starting pitching," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The Orioles are a very sound, solid team and don't beat themselves. I'm not the least bit surprised about their start."
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will start on Tuesday. He struggled during his first outing this season against the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings.
"The challenge in his last start was putting up a zero in the first inning," Farrell said. "It's all about consistent location for Clay."
Right-hander Mike Wright, who was originally slated to start on Saturday before the game was postponed due to inclement weather, will make his season debut for the Orioles.
Wright made 12 appearances (nine starts) last season for the O's, going 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA. He struggled in the final month of the season, going 1-2 with a 8.36 ERA in five games (three starts).
Things to know about this game:
• Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was out of the lineup again on Monday, although he appeared as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Jones, who is dealing with rib cage soreness, hasn't started a game since Wednesday.
• Buchholz has six quality starts in his past seven outings against Baltimore. In 10 career home starts against the O's, he has four scoreless efforts, including a no-hitter on Sept. 1, 2007.
• Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reached base in his past 43 games against American League East opponents. It's a streak that dates back to April 24, 2015.

Tanaka-Sanchez renew AL East rivalry

After dropping their home-opening series to the Red Sox, the Blue Jays welcome the Yankees to town for a three-game set beginning Tuesday.
On the bump for Toronto will be Aaron Sanchez, who was electric in his first start of the season last Tuesday at Tropicana Field against the Rays. The 23-year-old right-hander went seven innings, allowing just one earned run with eight strikeouts in a no-decision. The Blue Jays would go on to lose, 3-2. The Barstow, Calif., native made the Blue Jays' rotation after a strong Spring Training, winning out against veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd.
The Yankees will counter with their Opening Day starter, Masahiro Tanaka, who went 5 2/3 innings, giving up a pair of earned runs against Houston on Tuesday. Tanaka is 5-2 with a 2.23 ERA in his career against Toronto.
"I can't go into details of what kind of approach, what kind of pitching I'm going to do against them, just because it will give them the idea," Tanaka said about his game plan against Toronto. "Overall, I think they do have a very good lineup."
The Blue Jays won 13 out of 19 games in the 2015 season series, finishing six games ahead of the Yankees en route to the American League East crown.
Three things to know about this game:
• Josh Donaldson is expected back at third base on Tuesday for the Blue Jays. The 2015 AL MVP has been nursing a sore right calf. He started at designated hitter in all three weekend games against the Red Sox.
• Tanaka has been especially dominant against the Blue Jays north of the border. The right-hander owns a 2-0 mark with a 1.69 ERA at the Rogers Centre, including a complete-game victory on August 15 last season.  
• Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez has hit 58 home runs against the Blue Jays in his career, third most against any opponent. The veteran slugger is also sitting on 99 career RBIs at Rogers Centre.

Morton, Phils out to rebound vs. Erlin, Padres

A 2-4 start with multiple bullpen collapses has many Phillies fans looking to the clouds in search of a silver lining after the first week. Look no further than the rotation, which six games in had compiled a 2.97 ERA.
One holdout from the success, though, is Tuesday's starter, Charlie Morton. The free-agent acquisition didn't make it out of the fourth inning in his Phillies debut, allowing six runs before getting the hook.
The Padres have their own issues -- namely having their Opening Day starter, Tyson Ross, on the disabled list. Taking his place in the rotation is Robbie Erlin, a 25-year-old left-hander recalled Friday, five days after he didn't make the Opening Day roster. He pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief that night, which earned him the spot start in place of Ross, whom San Diego expects to return by the end of April.
Things to know about this game
• Erlin has made two career starts against Philadelphia, and he's had plenty of success. In 12 1/3 innings, he's allowed three earned runs and nine hits, while striking out 11. The Phillies' 3-4 hitters, Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard, are a combined 0-for-6 with four strikeouts against Erlin.
• If there's a team for Morton to get back on track against, it's the Padres. Among teams he's made more than one start against, Morton only has a better ERA against the Giants (2.59 in 12 starts) than San Diego (2.70 in seven).
• Padres center fielder Jon Jay has plenty of experience against Morton, with 34 career plate appearances. He's 9-for-24 (.375) with three walks -- and he's been hit by a pitch five times.
• Dating back to last season, Morton has yet to make it out of the fifth in four consecutive starts. The last quality start he recorded came Sept. 11 for the Pirates in a 6-3 win over the Brewers.

Gonzalez set for season debut vs. Chacin, Braves

The last time Gio Gonzalez faced a Major League batter, the calendar still read March and the games didn't count toward the standings.
On Tuesday -- 16 days after last taking the mound -- Gonzalez will finally make his regular-season debut, facing right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and the Braves at Nationals Park.
"I can't wait to grab the ball and finally pitch," Gonzalez said Monday. "I'm just excited to finally get up there and take what I did in Spring Training over to the game."
Gonzalez will look to bounce back from a 2015 season that was a tick below his usual standard. The 30-year-old left-hander posted a 3.79 ERA, his worst mark since 2009, as his strikeout rate dipped to 22.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2010.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker manipulated Washington's rotation to have Gonzalez, who lasted only 5 2/3 innings per start last year, sandwiched between workhorses Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Gonzalez pointed out that this configuration has the added benefit of splitting two power right-handers with a lefty. 
But Baker's rotation machinations also meant Gonzalez had to wait until more than a week into the season before taking the mound for the first time, in the Nationals' sixth game. Gonzalez said he's not worried about rust and figures he'll "lock it in" by the time he hits the bullpen for pregame tosses Tuesday.
"I just want to get back to my groove, get back to my routine," Gonzalez said. "And once that gets going tomorrow, I'm going to be looking forward to it for the entire season."
Chacin will also be making his 2016 Major League debut as well as his first start in a Braves uniform. Chacin appears to have distanced himself from the right shoulder ailments that plagued him the past two seasons, striking out 16 batters in 21 innings in Spring Training this year.
The veteran earned a rotation spot to start the season, but the Braves opted to have him make his first start for Triple-A Gwinnett, and he fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Norfolk on Thursday.
Chacin has had success at Nationals Park in the past -- allowing just one earned run over 14 innings -- but hasn't pitched in Washington since June 22, 2013.
Things to know about this game
 Though Gonzalez has a 4.54 ERA and 1.434 WHIP in 13 career starts against the Braves, he shut down Atlanta in two outings last year, allowing only seven hits and two runs in 13 innings.
• Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has the second-most plate appearances against Gonzalez (34) of any player (Ichiro Suzuki has faced the lefty 41 times). Freeman has fared well in these match-ups, posting a .310/.353/.655 slash line against Gonzalez. Jeff Francoeur, who will likely get his first start of the season in left field on Tuesday, has batted .400 (10-for-25) with three doubles and a homer against Gonzalez in his career.
• Ryan Zimmerman, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games Monday, is 5-for-13 for his career against Chacin, with two home runs.

Maeda to face D-backs in Dodgers' home opener

The final home opener in Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's career will also be the first Major League home opener for Kenta Maeda, when the Dodgers host the D-Backs on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Maeda is coming off a dazzling debut, pitching six shutout innings and slugging a home run in San Diego.
"I think it's great for him to pitch that day, great for baseball for him to pitch the home opener, and even better for the fans of Los Angeles to see Kenta Maeda pitch that home opener," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Until you see it, you don't know what to expect, but I wasn't really too surprised [in San Diego]. He's a pitch maker; he can throw different pitches to different parts of the plate. Any time a pitcher can field his position, hold runners on, execute pitches, you've got a good chance to win a game."
Things to know about this game
• The Dodgers are expected to activate catcher Yasmani Grandal (right forearm strain) and second baseman Howie Kendrick (left calf strain) from the 15-day disabled list for the game.
• Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (stiff lower back) and reliever Chris Hatcher (twisted left knee) are likely to return after suffering minor injuries Saturday.
• Arizona starter Patrick Corbin struck out six without a walk in his first start against Colorado, but also allowed home runs to Trevor Story, DJ LeMahieu and Ryan Raburn. Zack Greinke won't pitch in the series for Arizona.