Greinke allowed five runs in a loss on Monday in Kansas City, and has actually allowed four or more runs in three of his five June starts. His peripherals this month - 25 strikeouts, six walks, three home runs allowed - suggest he has been better than his 4.40 ERA, but it is a stark contrast to allow 16 runs in June after allowing 19 runs in his first 11 starts during the first two months.
Hanley Ramirez is getting close to returning, as he was on deck to pinch hit in the ninth inning on Friday night, but the shortstop will sit out a fifth straight game on Saturday, at least to start.
Juan Uribe gets a day off as well after playing two games once activated from the disabled list on Thursday. He started his minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on June 19 as designated hitter but has basically been on the same plan since: play two games in the field, get one day off.
Justin Turner, hitting .389/.459/.519 in June, gets the start at third base. Miguel Rojas, 3-for-6 so far in the series, makes his sixth straight start, including the last four at shortstop.
Lance Lynn starts his June with his own worst start of the season, allowing seven runs to the Giants on June 1, but has rebounded to allow four total runs in his last four starts, including a pair of starts with eight scoreless innings.
- Corner man Jamie Romak, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
- The Dodgers lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 1,013-1,010, including 148-141 at Dodger Stadium.
- Thom Brennaman and Eric Karros will call the game for Fox, which will broadcast Saturday's game exclusively.