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With Dan Haren skipped, the Dodgers will send Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to the mound against 2013 NLDS foe Atlanta in their final two games against the Braves.

Scott Cunningham

The Dodgers return home in first place and after Monday's off day begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The first eight of those games are at home, starting with a three-game series against the Braves, the first meeting between the two teams since the 2013 NLDS.

In a move conveniently planned before the All-Star break, the Dodgers used their two off days surrounding the series in San Francisco to skip Dan Haren in the rotation, giving the right-hander extra rest, which may or may not be extended by this week's non-waiver trade deadline.

Haren won't be pitching against Atlanta, but here are the matchups for the three games.

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)

Josh Beckett makes his second start since getting activated off the disabled list, this time with a robust six days of rest after the aforementioned two off days. Beckett has a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 17 walks in 60 innings in 10 starts at home this season, but only a 1-4 record to show for it. Old friend Aaron Harang began the season flirting with no-hitters left and right in April, and has settled in to be a stabilizing force in the Atlanta rotation. Harang has allowed three runs in 20 innings in his last three starts.

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Zack Greinke enters Tuesday eight strikeouts shy of his 2013 seasonal total, in 46 fewer innings. Since rejoining the Braves rotation on June 25, Alex Wood has a 3.47 ERA in six starts with 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 36⅓ innings.

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Clayton Kershaw goes for a 10th straight win for the second time in his career. He has double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts at Dodger Stadium, with 39 strikeouts, three walks and eight hits allowed in 25 innings. Entering Monday, 23-year-old Julio Teheran ranks third in the National League with 149⅓ innings and is tied for second in the league — with Harang — with 18 quality starts.