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A.J. Ellis at catcher, Howie Kendrick at third in Dodgers finale in SD

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Ellis gets the call behind the plate, as expected, for the Dodgers' series finale against the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park, one night after catcher Yasmani Grandal fouled a ball off his right ankle.

Grandal suffered a right ankle contusion and left the game in the 10th inning on Saturday, though postgame X-rays were negative.

This is the 19th start of the year for Ellis, who has been heating up of late. He has a four-game hitting streak, and has at least one hit in seven of his last nine starts, hitting .294/.351/.441 in 37 plate appearances since April 23.

Justin Turner gets the day off at third base, with Howie Kendrick starting at the hot corner in the series finale.

The Padres are the first time that will face Kenta Maeda for a second time this season. Maeda allowed just five hits and no walks in six scoreless innings in his major league debut at Petco Park on Apr. 6, with four strikeouts.

But that seems like a lifetime ago for Maeda, who has allowed four runs in three of his last four starts. After six walks in his first five starts, Maeda has walked eight in three May starts. After lasting at least six innings in each of his first six starts, the right-hander has gone just five and four innings in his last two outings.

So far this season, opponents the first two times through the lineup against Maeda are hitting just .163/.250/.279. But on that third time through the batting order, Maeda has allowed batters to hit .349/.364/.456.