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Dodgers vs. Giants: Tim Federowicz starts behind the plate, Pablo Sandoval scratched

A.J. Ellis is likely to get two consecutive games off, beginning Thursday night in San Francisco.

Jonathan Daniel

The final road game of the season is here, and the Dodgers will send out what is mostly their likely playoff lineup against the Giants on Thursday night in San Francisco. Only catcher A.J. Ellis gets the night off in the series finale at AT&T Park.

Ellis will likely get two days in a row off, as Tim Federowicz is expected to catch Clayton Kershaw on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Before last weekend in San Diego manager Don Mattingly said Tim Federowicz would catch Kershaw and Zack Greinke in one of their final two starts just to gain more experience and familiarity in catching them should he need to catch during the postseason.

Ellis caught Kershaw on Saturday against the Padres, with Federowicz catching Greinke on Sunday.

Federowicz is hitting .282/.316/.380 with four doubles and a home run in 23 games, including 20 starts, since the All-Star break.

Pablo Sandoval was originally in the starting lineup for the Giants but was scratched with the flu, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Nick Noonan, who made a diving stop and throw to rob Hanley Ramirez of a single to end Wednesday night's game, starts at third base for Sandoval.

Game info

Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday