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Austin Barnes starts at catcher for Dodgers in Game 3 vs. Zack Greinke

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX — Austin Barnes gets the start at catcher for the Dodgers against Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday night at Chase Field.

“I think with Austin it’s just more that I’ve liked the at-bat quality,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Just to be able to get a hit, spoil pitches, and with Zack who obviously is a tactician on the mound.”

Game 3 lineups

Pos Diamondbacks Pos Dodgers
Pos Diamondbacks Pos Dodgers
LF Peralta (L) CF Taylor
SS Marte (S) SS Seager (L)
1B Goldschmidt 3B Turner
RF Martinez 1B Bellinger (L)
3B Lamb (L) RF Puig
CF Pollock C Barnes
2B Descalso (L) LF Granderson (L)
C Mathis 2B Utley (L)
P Greinke P Darvish (S)
Time: 7:08 p.m. PT TV: TBS

Barnes has never faced Greinke in his career. Yasmani Grandal is 7-for-28 (.250) with two home runs, a double and a walk against Greinke, including 5-for-12 (.417) with a home run this season.

Barnes, who hit .289/.408/.486 in 262 plate appearances this season, is 3-for-4 in. double and a walk so far in this series. He got the start in Game 2 against left-hander Robbie Ray.

Barnes earned more playing time down the stretch, and started nine of the final 22 games behind the plate, including six starts against right-handers. Barnes hit .321/.444/.459 against righties this season.

“I think that Austin has a great way of being selective, grinding at-bats, and also just the comfort level of he and Yu [Darvish],” Roberts said. “I feel comfortable with both of our catchers in that battery.”

Corey Seager is 6-for-11 (.545) with two home runs, a double and five walks against Zack Greinke, for a cool .688 on-base percentage and 1.182 slugging percentage. That includes 1-for-3 with three walks this season.