Watch: Don Mattingly discusses Kiké Hernandez and the Dodgers’ newfound ‘urgency.’

CINCINNATI — Prior to today’s game against the Reds, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about sitting Kiké Hernandez for the first time on the eight-game road trip, what it would mean to sweep the three-game series against the Reds:

He also discussed the “sense of urgency” message propagated by Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, which seems to have carried into Cincinnati:

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

Clayton Kershaw

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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Mat Latos will pitch out of the bullpen during the Dodgers’ road trip.

Mat Latos

Mat Latos, who is winless in his first three starts since joining the Dodgers July 30, will pitch out of the bullpen during the Dodgers’ three-city road trip. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

OAKLAND — Alex Wood, not Mat Latos, will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the A’s. Latos is available out of the bullpen tonight and will be for the duration of the road trip, manager Don Mattingly said.
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