Don Mattingly on the importance of playing the San Francisco Giants.

CHICAGO >> The Dodgers are playing the San Francisco Giants tomorrow, in case you haven’t heard. It’s a three-game series and this is what the standings look like right now.

So, rivalry game in the final week of the season with first place in the division at stake. Perhaps not surprisingly, Don Mattingly didn’t have to explain this to the Dodger players.

Dodgers 4, San Francisco Giants 2: Today’s game story.

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine in eight innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)

Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.

You can read about that here; the box score is here.

Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter StricklandAndre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.

Yusmeiro Petit vs. Clayton Kershaw: Why it’s safe to take the under today.

SAN FRANCISCO >> After the Giants scored all nine runs Friday, and the Dodgers scored all 17 runs Saturday, the two teams will be hard-pressed to put up a crooked number in Sunday’s series finale.

Clayton Kershaw is starting for the Dodgers. He’s had the efficiency of a robot all season. Here are a few numbers that make it hard to believe he will allow a run today:

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Dodgers 17, San Francisco Giants 0: Today’s game story.

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon stole his 60th base of the season in the Dodgers’ 17-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)

I managed to refer to the Herbert Hoover administration in today’s game story. The box score, which shows the Dodgers going 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position, is all kinds of ridiculous.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu doubtful for Wednesday start, will get MRI exam Monday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu injury

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, center, will get an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press photo)


SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.

ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.

“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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San Francisco Giants 9, Dodgers 0: Today’s game story.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning with a shoulder injury. (Associated Press photo)

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury history, a long first inning, and a typically chilly San Francisco night might have conspired to create disaster for the Dodgers. I explained how in the game story. The box score is equally ugly.

Before the game, reliever J.P. Howell shed light on theraputic-use exemptions, which are a hot topic in baseball right now.

Dodgers’ “Big Three” lined up to face Giants.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw can match Orel Hershiser’s franchise record for single-season winning percentage by beating the Giants on Sunday. (Getty Images)

The Giants must face the Dodgers’ top three starters this weekend in San Francisco. Oh, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all be pitching on an extra day’s rest.g

That’s about as good as Don Mattingly could have drawn it up.

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Giants trade for Jake Peavy, who will start Sunday against the Dodgers.

SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants traded minor-league pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for veteran right-hander Jake Peavy. He is expected to start tomorrow against the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

Update (11:00 a.m.): The Giants have confirmed the trade. It’s official.

Peavy is 14-2 with a 2.21 earned-run average in his career against the Dodgers. He pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2002-09.

Sunday’s game is an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to start for the Dodgers at AT&T Park.