Dodgers rotation gets extra rest day heading into Arizona

Jason Wise

Thursday's off day means all three Dodgers pitchers this weekend in Phoenix will start on five days rest.

The Dodgers head to Arizona for a weekend series in the desert, but the Diamondbacks have been playing much better of late, going 11-11 since the two teams last met. Arizona began their year at 5-16, thanks in part to dropping seven of eight games against the Dodgers.

Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the weekend series at Chase Field in Phoenix

Friday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Zack Greinke and his streak of 20 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs get the call in the opener. In five starts against Arizona since joining the Dodgers, Greinke is 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 31... innings. Friday is the Dodgers' 43rd game of the season, and the fourth time they will face Wade Miley. With three more series between the two teams after this weekend, Miley has a chance to become the first pitcher to start seven times against the Dodgers in a season since Bob Gibson, Joey Jay and Bob Friend all did in 1961.

Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Clayton Kershaw beat the Diamondbacks in a road game on Opening Day in Sydney, but has lost each of his last four starts at Chase Field, dating back to August 2011, with a 4.15 ERA during that span, with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in 26 innings. Chase Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, struck out six in a win over the White Sox in his big league debut on Monday. Anderson ended last season in Triple-A but after a 5.73 ERA he opened 2014 in Double-A Mobile, and put up a 0.69 ERA in six starts, with 38 strikeouts and six walks.

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Dan Haren makes his 47th career start at Chase Field in the series finale, but just his third as a visitor. He is 25-14 with a 3.34 ERA. Perhaps the Dodgers, who have played an MLB-high 10 extra-inning games this season, can ask Sunday starter Josh Collmenter for advice. In 2013, Collmenter pitched 29 extra innings, the most in baseball in 44 years.

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