Why A.J. Ellis, and not Yasmani Grandal, started against a right-handed pitcher Sunday.

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t follow his usual script for catchers Yasmani Grandal (left) and A.J. Ellis this weekend. (Associated Press photo)

HOUSTON — Yasmani Grandal has caught Zack Greinke‘s last 15 starts, including Saturday, and 23 of 25 overall this season. He probably would’ve caught a 24th had he not missed a week in May because of a concussion.
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Kiké Hernandez, not Joc Pederson, is the Dodgers’ primary center fielder for now.

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Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez has a .957 OPS in August. (Associated Press photo)

HOUSTON — One day after Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson was benched against Scott Kazmir, a left-handed pitcher, he was out of the lineup again with right-hander Lance McCullers starting for the Houston Astros.

Kiké Hernandez has started both games instead, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Hernandez is the Dodgers’ primary center fielder for now:
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Did Mike Fiers’ glove have pine tar? Dodgers don’t want to sound like they’re whining, but…


HOUSTON — The above image of Mike Fiers‘ glove, shown on TV during his no-hitter Friday, had people buzzing Saturday. The buzz was coming more from fans than the players who took part in the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss.

“I had no idea during the game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Nobody said anything to us during the game.”
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