Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is resting his three left-handed starters as well as the knee-addled Yasiel Puig in the series finale on Wednesday at Coors Field, as the team tries to complete a three-game sweep of the Rockies.
With left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa on the mound and a scheduled off day on Thursday, Mattingly is buying nearly two full days of rest for lefties Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford against the Rockies (allowing for possible late game duty on Wednesday).
In addition, Puig's knee strain will keep him out of the lineup on Wednesday and a potential three full days off heading into the weekend series in Cincinnati against the Reds. Scott Van Slyke gets the start in right field, his first start since getting recalled on Sunday.
Michael Young, who started at third base in his first start as a Dodger on Tuesday, starts at first base on Wednesday, and bats cleanup for the second straight game.
Hanley Ramirez, who rested Sunday and Tuesday, is back in the lineup on Wednesday, playing shortstop and batting third.
De La Rosa, National League co-leader with 15 wins, was 0-8 in his career against the Dodgers before beating them with seven strong innings on June 2 in Denver. Before that win, De La Rosa's teams had lost all of his 14 appearances, including 10 starts, against Los Angeles.
The Dodgers have swept the Rockies in Denver in a three-game series five times in the 19 years of Coors Field: May 5-7, 1995; Sept. 5-7, 2003; Sept. 26-28, 2006; May 25-27, 2009; and Sept. 27-29, 2010.
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