Dodgers designate Nick Tepesch for assignment, leaving Wednesday’s starter TBD.

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Nick Tepesch meets with Yasmani Grandal during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday. Tepesch was designated for assignment Saturday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — In today’s episode of “As The Fifth Starter Turns,” the Dodgers designated Nick Tepesch for assignment, one day after the right-hander allowed five runs in four innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers lost 8-6, ending their six game winning streak.

Infielder Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. Taylor, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners last week in exchange for pitcher Zach Lee, is in uniform today (wearing number 3). We’ll have more from him later.

For now, the Dodgers’ fifth starter remains a question mark, with the next TBA turn in the rotation looming Wednesday in Milwaukee. It won’t be Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy, who haven’t built up the requisite arm strength yet in their minor league rehabs, or Carlos Frias, who isn’t eligible to be recalled unless a current pitcher is injured.

Here’s what Dave Roberts said on the topic Saturday:

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Yimi Garcia is throwing off a mound.

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Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia is on the 60-day disabled list. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia was cleared to throw off a mound this week in Arizona.

Garcia is on the 60-day disabled list with soreness in his right biceps. The right-hander hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers in more than two months (April 22 was his last appearance), and he wasn’t able to throw at all for most of that time.

But Garcia made enough progress in June to begin a throwing program, and now he’s throwing off a mound. There is no hard timetable for his return.

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Retired Dodgers organist Nancy Bea Hefley to throw out first pitch in San Bernardino.

Nancy Bea Hefley, who retired last October after 28 years as the Dodger Stadium organist, will throw a ceremonial first pitch July 25 at the Little League Western Regional Softball Tournament in San Bernardino.

Hefley will deliver her pitch prior to the 8 p.m. Arizona vs. Wyoming game.

Houghton Stadium at the Little League Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino (map) will be the site of the LLWR Softball Tournament from July 22-29. Games are free to attend. For more info call 909-887-6444.

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Watch: Dodgers Single-A affiliate involved in benches-clearing brawl.

The Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes lost 10-4 to the High Desert Mavericks tonight. Throw out the runs, hits and errors though. In the top of the sixth inning, Quakes pitcher Luis De Paula hit Mavericks batter Travis Demeritte with a pitch. What followed is the part of the game anyone in attendance at the Epicenter will remember:

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Only De Paula, the Quakes’ pitcher, was ejected.

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Game 75: Nick Tepesch mowed down by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Nick Tepesch meets with Yasmani Grandal during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Spot starter Nick Tepesch and the Dodgers’ strained bullpen could not sustain a six-game winning streak despite 13 hits in an 8-6 loss to the Pirates. The box score is here.

Andrew Friedman said that Frankie Montas has a chance to return this season from a stress reaction in his rib.

Here’s what they were saying after tonight’s game:
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