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Kenta Maeda, Dodgers will try to keep Mets in the park

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The Dodgers will try to keep the Mets in the yard on Saturday night, though they face two of their biggest power tormentors this season in the middle game of the weekend series against the Mets.

Giancarlo Stanton has three home runs against the Dodgers this season, the most of anyone in baseball, which makes sense given his status as one of MLB's premiere power hitters. But among the six others to hit two home runs against LA this season are a pair of Mets.

Curtis Granderson ended Friday's game with a walk-off shot against Pedro Baez, his second homer against the Dodgers this season. The other Met is pitcher Noah Syndergard, who homered twice on May 11 at Dodger Stadium.

Kenta Maeda allowed both home runs to Syndergaard, but hasn't allowed a home run in any of his two starts since. But those starts haven't necessarily been good. Maeda has allowed four runs in three straight starts and in four of his last five, putting up a 6.08 ERA after allowing one total run in his first four outings.

The Dodgers and Mets have played five games this season. In games New York has homered, they are 3-0, while the Dodgers are 2-0 when the Mets don't hit a ball over the wall.

Trayce Thompson gets the start on Saturday, batting fifth and playing right field, with Yasiel Puig getting the night off. Howie Kendrick starts in left for a second straight day, batting seventh on Saturday after hitting fifth on Friday.

The Dodgers will face old friend James Loney this weekend after the Mets acquired the first baseman from the Padres for cash considerations. Loney was hitting .342/.373/.424 with seven doubles and two home runs in 43 games with Triple-A El Paso.

He is not in the Mets lineup on Saturday, as Eric Campbell starts at first base for a second straight night.

Loney was on a minor league deal with the Padres after getting released by the Rays at the end of spring training. Tampa Bay is responsible for Loney's $8 million salary in 2016, minus the pro-rated share of the MLB minimum salary he will earn with the Mets.

David Wright is out of the Mets lineup on Saturday with a stiff neck, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.