Braves-Dodgers Preview

Though the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves swapped struggling infielders in the middle of their three-game series, it's likely Zack Greinke has more of an impact than both on the outcome of Wednesday night's finale.

While Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe could be available to their new teams, Greinke will try to pitch the Dodgers to a home sweep of the Braves for the second time in as many seasons.

Callaspo initially vetoed a multiplayer trade to Los Angeles (28-17) Tuesday, then changed his mind prior to the start of the Dodgers' 8-0 rout. Pending approval from the commissioner, Callaspo, and pitchers Ian Thomas, Eric Stults and Juan Jaime are reportedly headed to the Dodgers for Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow.

"I don't think there is going to be a problem," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Batting .206 with a homer and eight RBIs in 37 games for Atlanta, Callaspo still could provide a better bench option for the Dodgers than Uribe, who his lost starting spot at third base.

"One never knows what's going to happen," said the 36-year-old Uribe, who is 2 for 14 in his last eight contests.

The veteran's playing time dwindled with the emergence of Justin Turner, who had an RBI and one of the 11 hits the Dodgers recorded Tuesday. Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 without a walk in seven innings and Adrian Gonzalez belted a two-run homer as Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five games since being held scoreless in three at San Francisco.

Gonzalez also became the 12th active player to reach 1,000 RBIs.

"A thousand obviously is an accomplishment. It means you've been in the league for a little while,'' said Gonzalez, who is batting .368 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 14 regular season and playoff games against the Braves (22-23).

Greinke (5-1, 1.48 ERA) is 0-1 in his last three starts but owns the majors' second-lowest ERA and opponent batting average (.187). He's allowed three earned runs over 28 1-3 innings to go 1-1 in four starts this month.

The right-hander gave up a run in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-1 victory over San Diego on Friday.

Since joining the Dodgers in 2013, Greinke is 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts against Atlanta, walking four and striking out 20 in 15 innings. He fanned 13 over eight innings in a 3-2, 10-inning home win July 30.

Nick Markakis had three of the five hits Tuesday by the Braves, who have been outscored 27-10 during a five-game slide at Dodger Stadium. They've totaled eight runs and batted .205 while losing three of five overall.

Atlanta's starters have a 6.18 ERA in those five games but Alex Wood (2-2, 3.83) hopes he can build on his last start that came 11 days ago. The left-hander, who missed his most recent scheduled outing because of a stomach virus, went 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in the three starts prior to yielding one earned run in a season-high seven innings of a 5-3 win at Miami on May 16.

"I'm still working on a lot of things and trying to figure it out," Wood told MLB's official website.

His only start against the Dodgers came opposite Greinke on July 30 when he allowed a solo homer and struck out eight in seven innings.

Jimmy Rollins is 0 for 14 versus Wood.

This would seem a good time for Gonzalez to start A.J. Pierzynski, who hasn't faced Greinke since 2012 but is batting .404 with three homers and three doubles against him.


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