Today’s game story, on the Dodgers’ suddenly steady outfield.

Steve Ballmer

Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer lock eyes during the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)


The game story is here.

The box score is here.

The photo gallery is here.

One item that we’ll be sure to follow up on tomorrow: Don Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that Zack Greinke would make his scheduled start Thursday. That’s odd for a few reasons:

1. Greinke was listed as the scheduled starter in the pregame notes; if the assignment is in doubt the starter is usually listed as “TBA.”

2. After his last start on Saturday, Greinke said that he felt better physically than he had in at least a month: “I’m starting to feel better now (physically). Hopefully I start pitching better the next coming starts but the last month, month and a half it’s been a pretty tough stretch.” Even though Greinke was pulled after five innings, he said he could have pitched up to three more innings. “I guess you could say I felt stronger than the last couple starts,” he said.

3. Before Tuesday’s game, Mattingly acknowledged that there was a minor concern with Greinke’s elbow. Yet Greinke hasn’t missed a start in the second half, and he reported improvement after his last outing, so the minor injury seemed to be lessening.

If Greinke can’t go, expect Carlos Frias to take his turn.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.