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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the Dodgers and Angels wait for the rain to stop to get their Thursday game in - most here expect the game will be played, perhaps even starting on time - here is a brief summary of news and notes around Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch.

The Dodgers making the trip for both weekend exhibition games against the Rangers leave for San Antonio on Thursday evening. Five players making the trip are in Thursday's starting lineup against the Angels - Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez, and Alex Guerrero.

Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers against the Angels, his third start of the spring. He is expected to be followed by Chris Hatcher, Yimi Garcia and Joel Peralta.

The regulars making the trip to San Antonio will play in both games, both Friday night and Saturday afternoon, manager Don Mattingly said Thursday morning. Grandal will be the designated hitter on Friday night, then catch on Saturday.

The Dodgers will begin having their starting pitchers hit on Friday, beginning with Clayton Kershaw against the Athletics.

David Huff will start on Saturday for the Dodgers at Salt River Fields, the same day Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers in San Antonio. Huff's wife is in labor this morning.

Chad Gaudin will follow Huff, and Mattingly hopes to get five combined innings out of those two pitchers. Both are vying for roles in the bullpen, likely in long relief and as a possible spot starter if needed.

Yasiel Puig is 4-for-23 with a home run, hitting .174/.240/.304 in nine Cactus League games. But Mattingly isn't worried about his slow spring start.

"His spring was a little rough last year. I'm not really concerned about his average. He looks fine. He's hit some balls decent," Mattingly said. "I'm not really concerned about the performance the guys who we know who will be with us. They're preparing, taking their at-bats differently than a guy trying to show us what he can do.

Puig, it should be noted, hit .167/.173/.229 in 17 games during spring training in 2014.

Of the six Dodgers cuts made on WednesdayCorey Seager, Scott Schebler, Darnell Sweeney, Buck Britton, Chris O`Brien, Shawn Zarraga — Mattingly said, "I think every guy we sent out yesterday makes the big leagues, including Britton and both catchers."

There are 26 pitchers remaining in big league camp, but excluding the injured (Brandon Beachy, Chris Withrow, Kenley Jansen, Ben Rowen) and the starters (five plus Erik Bedard), we are down to 16 pitchers for seven bullpen spots. Depending on how many locks you may view, that means anywhere from 11 pitchers fighting for two spots to 14 pitchers for five spots.

"We're going to have to whittle it down at some point," Mattingly said, "but I'm glad I don't have to make that decision today."

Thursday's game will be televised locally by Fox Sports West, in addition to SportsNet LA.