Outfielder Scott Van Slyke wanted to pitch in the Dodgers’ Monday night marathon.

Scott Van Slyke

Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke has stuck to hitting ever since he made one pitching appearance in a Single-A game in 2008. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers pitcher Mat Latos was rested enough that he could’ve pitched Monday night. When the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-4 in the 14th inning, that no longer became a necessity.

Besides, Latos wouldn’t have pitched anyway. Manager Don Mattingly decided he’d rather save Latos for his next scheduled start in San Diego and use a former pitcher to mop up: Outfielder Scott Van Slyke.

“I would’ve liked to pitch,” Van Slyke said.

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Justin Ruggiano, Joe Wieland, Mike Bolsinger and Ian Thomas are Dodgers’ ‘first wave’ of call-ups.

Justin Ruggiano

Justin Ruggiano played with Andy LaRoche, Russell Martin, James Loney, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Blake DeWitt, A.J. Ellis, Matt Kemp and others as a minor-leaguer coming up through the Dodgers’ organization. (Associated Press photo)

Monday, Justin Ruggiano was pulled from the third inning of his game with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate and informed he’d been traded.
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Dodgers’ Zack Greinke and Giants’ Madison Bumgarner are both batting eighth tonight.

Pitchers Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner are both batting eighth for the Dodgers and Giants tonight at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time either team has batted its starting pitcher anywhere other than ninth in the order this season.

Apparently, the coincidence is quite rare.

Greinke and Bumgarner are arguably the two best hitting pitchers in the game today.
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