After a pair of one-run defeats, the Dodgers try to salvage one game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh to break even on teir road trip, and will do so with Yasiel Puig sitting to start Sunday night's game at PNC Park.
Carl Crawford gets the start in left field on Sunday, continuing a pattern of essentially one start per series for the left-hander. This will be Crawford's fifth start in 17 games since returning from the disabled list, starting one time in every series except for the two-game Oakland series last week in Los Angeles.
Crawford is 3-for-19 (.158) with a double and a walk in his limited playing time after missing 75 games with a torn oblique muscle, with a two-run single in his last start, on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Crawford hasn't faced Pirates starter Charlie Morton, nor has Puig. Andre Ethier, who starts in right field and bats cleanup, is 1-for-3 with a home run against Morton, but that was hit way back in 2010.
Jimmy Rollins is 7-for-11 (.636) with two doubles and a walk against Morton in his career, but they haven't battled since 2011.
The timeshare at third base with Justin Turner out falls on Alberto Callaspo on Sunday, his sixth start in 11 games since Turner was placed on the disabled list. Callaspo and Alex Guerrero in their time at third base in the last 10 games are 8-for-38 (.211) with two walks, a home run and two RBI.
Callaspo is 2-for-5 with a double against Morton, but the double was hit in 2009 and they haven't faced each other since 2013.
Old friend Michael Morse starts at first base for the second time in three games in this series, with left-hander Alex Wood on the mound for the Dodgers.