Now that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly finally has the blessing, or curse, of four healthy outfielders, he's begun the uneasy tap dance around the lineup dilemma by focusing on matchups.
With lefty Wade Miley starting for Arizona on Saturday, Mattingly indicated he would probably load his lineup with right-handers, returning Matt Kemp to center field after he was left out of Friday night's lineup against right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
In fact, based on the matchups, Mattingly will probably sit left-handed hitting outfielders Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, allowing Scott Van Slyke to play left field alongside Kemp, assuming that Yasiel Puig got through Friday night's game without his sprained left thumb requiring more time off.
Mattingly knows at some point, especially with Kemp, it will be virtually impossible to get all four big-name outfielders to coexist without one being unhappy every game. In Kemp's case, there is the added hurdle of inactivity with which to contend.
"Matt has shown flashes with the two home runs," said Mattingly. "Matt's a little rusty. It's been a while since he played on a regular basis."
Whoever plays for the Dodgers will be facing Miley, the lone constant in a rotation that has been plagued by inconsistency and ineffectiveness.
Miley was the D-backs' Opening Day starter against the Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, after Patrick Corbin was diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament just prior to the trip.
With the D-backs having lost the first two games of their recent series against the Rockies, Miley told his teammates the night before his start that he would get them back on the winning track the following day.
"That's my mentality," Miley said. "I'm going to say that every time before I go out there. You have to think that way."
Miley allowed just two runs over eight innings in that start as the D-backs won, 5-3, to avoid a sweep.
"He's a bulldog out there," D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill said. "He's got great stuff and he believes in it."
Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers, and he's 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his last 13 starts dating back to Aug. 5.
Dodgers: No diving
Perhaps it was wishful thinking, but Mattingly said he believed the furor over the Dodgers' swim party in the Chase Field pool to celebrate last year's National League West title was old news.
"I don't see incidents going from one year to the next," Mattingly said. "Unless something fires it up, we've played them in Australia and we played in Spring Training. We're going to play them a lot this year. Playing in the division is always tough, no matter who you play. You play a lot, you see each other a lot. We get to know each other well."
D-backs: Just like they drew it up
The D-backs have had a hard time getting their bullpen aligned due to a number of short outings from their starting pitchers.
Thursday night in San Francisco, they were able to line things up the way they wanted to with setup man J.J. Putz pitching a scoreless ninth and closer Addison Reed doing likewise in the 10th after the D-backs scored a run to take the lead.
"J.J. comes in shuts them down, we score a run, Addison shuts them down and then we're out of there," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's nice, that's what we're looking for."
• Miley is 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers and allowed three runs in five innings against them Opening Night in Australia.
• Pat Corrales, Dodgers special assistant to the general manager who was called home from the Australia trip because of the sudden death of his son, has resumed duties and is watching the club's series here.
• Hanley Ramirez has a seven-game hitting streak.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.