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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Dodgers’ starting rotation will remain intact at least the next six days.

Despite off-days next Monday and Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he will keep his starting pitchers in turn for the two-game series in Oakland next Tuesday and Wednesday.

That means Clayton Kershaw will take Tuesday’s start and Mat Latos will pitch Wednesday.

Looking ahead, the Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 31 to September 2. Right now, if no pitcher skips his turn in the rotation, Kershaw and Zack Greinke will miss that series entirely.

“We haven’t set it yet,” Mattingly said of his rotation for the Giants series. “We’re just talking about it.”