Kiké Hernandez, not Joc Pederson, is the Dodgers’ primary center fielder for now.

Kiké Hernandez

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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Joc Pederson sits against a left-handed starter, which could become a trend.

Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson has struggled to hit left-handed pitching in his rookie season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

HOUSTON — Joc Pederson isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Saturday against the Houston Astros and left-handed starter Scott Kazmir. Kiké Hernandez is playing center field and batting seventh.

Pederson has struggled to hit for average against all pitchers this season. Against left-handers, the struggles have extended to his on-base percentage (.305) and power (.349 slugging average).

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly all but conceded that Hernandez will start against left-handers for now.
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Game 108: Zack Greinke rebounds from disastrous first inning in Dodgers’ win.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke hit his fifth career home run in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Associated Press photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Zack Greinke did it all, for better or worse, in the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Phillies. Even after giving up six runs in six innings his ERA is lower than Clayton Kershaw‘s last season, so where does the Greinke-for-MVP candidacy stand? The box score is here.

The Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is 2 ½ games over the San Francisco Giants, who play the Cubs on Thursday night.

The Phillies’ radio color commentator lobbed a verbal grenade at Joc Pederson yesterday based on something Pederson never said.