Dodgers trade Alex Castellanos to Boston Red Sox for minor-league outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

The Dodgers today acquired minor league outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Alex Castellanos.

Since Castellanos had been designated for assignment on Oct. 17 (to make room for Mike Baxter), Hazelbaker does not immediately join the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.

Hazelbaker, 26, spent the entire 2013 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .257/.313/.374 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 121 games. He was fifth in the International League with 37 steals.

The Muncie, Indiana, native has a .258/.338/.421 with 194 steals, 60 home runs and 247 RBI in 530 games in five professional seasons since being selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Ball State University — the alma mater of former Dodger Larry Bigbie.

The Red Sox designated Pedro Beato for assignment to make room for Castellanos on their 40-man roster.

Daily Distractions: Starting pitching, the secret sauce in a series loss.

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Jake Peavy allowed only a solo home run in a complete-game win over the Dodgers on Sunday. (David Crane/Staff Photographer)

The Red Sox know they caught a break over the weekend, just like the Chicago Cubs know they will not in the coming days.

Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke never threw a pitch for the Dodgers against the Red Sox. That’s a huge reason why the Dodgers dropped a series for the first time in two months. The way the Dodgers’ aces have been pitching lately, avoiding Kershaw and Greinke is like playing the Chicago Bulls between 1990 and 1993 on a night when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were both hurt. (That never happened, for the record.)

After the Red Sox won the final game of the series Sunday — the Dodgers’ first series loss in more than two months — manager John Farrell complimented the performance of his starting pitchers. Jake Peavy threw a complete game Sunday, John Lackey threw a complete game Friday in a loss, and Jon Lester won the middle game with 7 ⅓ strong innings.

“The credit to our team is that we’ve stayed consistent, and the only way you can stay consistent is starting pitching and those guys have done it,” Farrell said. “Those guys have done a really good job. Even when a guy has a bad outing, the next guy picks him up.”

If that were Mattingly talking about the Dodgers’ staff, no one would be surprised.

Farrell also knows that it’s a double-edged sword, that he dodged a bullet by missing Kershaw and Greinke. Greinke, who starts against the Cubs tonight, has the majors’ lowest ERA since the All-Star break (1.41). Kershaw has the lowest ERA overall this season (1.72).

“Those are two very good pitchers, in those two guys,” Farrell said. “It’s just how the schedule unfolded.”

Meanwhile, asked Cubs manager Dale Sveum about seeing Greinke and Kershaw the next two nights. His response: “Why did you have to bring that up? Let’s talk about something else.”

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Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz gets his chance to face former team.

Tim FederowiczThere was one former Red Sox player in the Dodgers clubhouse Monday who didn’t draw a crowd of reporters when he arrived at his locker stall.

That’s probably because Tim Federowicz never advanced past Double-A while he was a member of the Red Sox organization. The Dodgers’ catcher said he came close to getting called up in 2011, the year he was traded along with Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez in a three-way trade that sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle.

“I think if there was somebody to get called up my last year there, it would’ve been me,” said Federowicz, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. “There were different times I can’t go into where it almost happened.”

Federowicz was five days from his 24th birthday when the trade happened. That’s a large reason he never broke through with the Red Sox, who didn’t give more than 50 plate appearances to a player 25 or older that season. (The only 24-year-old regular, outfielder Josh Reddick, was traded to Oakland after the season for a pair of older players.)

Boston’s current active roster features two position players 25 or younger, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks (who climbed the minor-league ladder at the same time as Federowicz), plus pitchers Brayan Villareal and Drake Britton.

“It’s good,” Federowicz said. “I think it’s part of the reason for their success, getting guys who enjoy coming to the ballpark every day. It pushes the old guys.”

Federowicz will catch Ricky Nolasco for the fourth time in Nolasco’s last five starts. A.J. Ellis gets the day off after starting a day game after a night game in Miami on Thursday.