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Dodgers notes: Austin Barnes debuts, Juan Uribe's diminished role, Yasmani Grandal on the mend

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Austin Barnes (left) and Kiké Hernandez start on Sunday for the Dodgers. For Barnes, it's his major league debut.
Austin Barnes (left) and Kiké Hernandez start on Sunday for the Dodgers. For Barnes, it's his major league debut.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers go for a sweep of the Padres on Sunday afternoon, looking for a continuation of their early hot start at home.

The club has swept three of the previous six three-game series at Dodger Stadium, and carry a 19-5 home record into Sunday's series finale. The Dodgers are 29-7 in their last 36 games at home, dating back to 2014, and haven't lost a home series since last Sept. 1-3, to the Nationals, going 11-0-1 in series since.

Carlos Frias gets the call, looking for his third straight start of six innings or more.

Austin Barnes, who caught two of Frias' three appearances this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, makes his major league debut on Sunday, starting at catcher for the Dodgers and batting eighth.

"We like what we saw during spring training," manager Don Mattingly said. "The fact that he's caught Carlos in Triple-A makes it a little easier."

Alex Guerrero gets the start at third base, after Justin Turner started the last three games at the hot corner. Juan Uribe has started only three of the last 14 games at third, fewer than both Turner (seven) and Guerrero (four) during that span.

"He's part of our club," Mattingly said of Uribe. "We're going to keep putting guys out there who are doing well. With Alex, and J.T.'s been so good, this is where we're at."

Kiké Hernandez starts in left field, his first start there after four starts at shortstop, two in center field and one in right field. He is the first Dodger to start at all four of those positions in one season since Jolbert Cabrera in 2003.

Grandal on the mend

Mattingly said catcher Yasmani Grandal is feeling well after sustaining a mild concussion on Friday night. The club is erring on the side of caution with Grandal, but the club expects him to miss the minimum seven days on the disabled list, which would put the catcher in line for activation on Saturday in St. Louis.

The plan is for Grandal to play in two or three minor league rehab games before being activated, with a location to be determined. Probably as designated hitter, at least to begin the rehab assignment.

"He feels good. He's already working out," Mattingly said. "If everything goes good, he'll end up playing some games to stay sharp."

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA