Mike Bolsinger will start for the Dodgers Friday. Update.

Mat Latos will start for the Dodgers on Thursday in San Diego. And then?

The final three games of the four-game series at Petco Park are still up in the air. One start will probably go to right-hander Mike Bolsinger, who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday and hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since July 29.

Update (11:00 p.m.): Bolsinger will start Friday.

“We’ve been wanting to slip him into the rotation to either move somebody forward or to give someone an extra day, but we haven’t really decided an exact day or anything like that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Just if somebody needs a blow, kind of looking at all our guys individually and what’s best for them.”

Bolsinger has taken batting practice with the Dodgers’ starting pitchers. His next start is a question of if, not when. Bolsinger has faced the Padres twice this year. He hurled eight shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in May. In June, he allowed two runs in 4 ⅔ innings.

Bolsinger has a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts for the Dodgers this season.

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Don Mattingly on Bud Black, who was fired Monday by the San Diego Padres.

Don Mattingly Bud Black

Caption this. (Associated Press)


ARLINGTON, Texas — The San Francisco Giants hired Bruce Bochy to manage their club on Oct. 27, 2006. The Dodgers promoted Don Mattingly to succeed Joe Torre on Sept. 17, 2010.

No National League manager has been with his team longer.
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Game 63: A happy ending to a ‘sloppy series.’


SAN DIEGO — Joc Pederson‘s spectacular crashing catch, and Adrian Gonzalez‘s 12th-inning RBI single, ended a “sloppy series” on a high note for the Dodgers.

Before the game, Don Mattingly explained why Justin Turner seized the third baseman’s job ahead of Alex Guerrero.

The box score is here.

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Game 62: Zack Greinke’s winless streak continues.

Zack Greinke

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke allowed two runs in eight innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO — We should be probably talking about how Zack Greinke is practically invincible tonight. Instead we’re talking about how he is winless in his last seven starts after losing 2-1 to the Padres on Saturday. The box score is here.

Andrew Friedman had a message to fans expecting Corey Seager to be called up any day now: Don’t hold your breath.

Scott Van Slyke went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout in his first rehab game with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Joel Peralta faced four batters in the game, threw 25 pitches, and allowed one run on a double, a single and a sacrifice fly RBI.

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Game 61: The ordinary is extraordinary, the extraordinary is ordinary.

Yimi Garcia

Justin Turner and Yimi Garcia collided in the infield, letting Wil Myers’ pop-up fall with two outs in the seventh inning. An error was charged to Turner on the play. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO — The 2015 Dodgers are an interesting baseball team.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters in 6 ⅔ innings tonight. He got hit by a line drive. He gave up a home run to Clint Barmes, of all people. He threw more pitches than he’s thrown all season. This was a minor subplot.

(Watch Kershaw’s postgame interviews here.)

Alex Guerrero had one plate appearance. He fell behind 0-2, took a pitch in the dirt, then did something he’s done often enough this year to make you forget he’s a rookie, dumping a pinch-hit single into center field to win the game. Again: not the most compelling aspect of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win.

This is a team capable of making the extraordinary look completely ordinary, then turn around and look so fallibly human, like when Justin Turner and Yimi Garcia collided in the infield, A.J. Ellis ran the bases, and Adrian Gonzalez lost his cool:

Gonzalez talked about that quite a bit in my game story. The box score is here.

Paco Rodriguez has a bone spur in his left elbow. He’s hoping to postpone surgery until after the season is over.

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