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Dodgers vs. Phillies: Zack Greinke starts series opener

The Dodgers have won five straight games overall, and they have won all five of Greinke's starts at Dodger Stadium this season.


After dispatching the rival Giants in three games, the Dodgers put their five-game winning streak on the line Thursday night as they welcome the Phillies to town for four games at Dodger Stadium. The weekend series is the only time the Dodgers step outside their own division until after the All-Star break.

The Dodgers after hosting Philadelphia hit the road for a nine-game National League West road trip through Colorado, San Francisco and Arizona, then return home to host the Rockies for four games before Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig make the trip to New York for the All-Star Game.

Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers in the series opener, looking to hit the seven-inning mark for the fourth time in his last five starts. Dodgers starting pitchers have 15 quality starts in their last 20 games, with a cumulative 2.64 ERA during that span.

Greinke in his career is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in three games, including two starts. But only one start came in 2012 and the other outings were in 2004 and 2007.

Greinke is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five home starts this season, with 24 strikeouts and six walks. The Dodgers have won all five of his Dodger Stadium starts. Since the beginning of 2011 Greinke is 22-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 35 home starts.

Jonathan Pettibone, from nearby Esperanza High in Anaheim, started off his career this season 3-0 and didn't allow more than three runs in any of his first seven starts. But in his last five starts has sported a 5.68 ERA, with 10 walks and just 12 strikeouts.

Talking Baseball

I was a guest of Michael Cerio of CBS Radio in Philadelphia earlier on Thursday, talking all things Dodgers. Give it a listen here.

Roster move

The Phillies on Thursday acquired utility infielder John McDonald from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations. McDonald will join the team Friday in Los Angeles, when the Phillies will need to make a corresponding move to add him to the roster.

McDonald, 38, will join his fourth franchise of the season. He hit .053/.163/.079 (2-for-38) with the Pirates and Indians combined after getting traded by Arizona to Pittsburgh in spring training. McDonald was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Wednesday.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday