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PIT@LAD: Greinke fans six over 6 1/3 scoreless frames

SAN DIEGO -- Don Mattingly has watched Zack Greinke pitch enough in the past that he expects to see more of what he got in the right-hander's first start as a Dodger.

"This is a guy that's spotting, he's going to hit corners, and he doesn't throw much in the middle of the plate," the Dodgers manager said. "He's on those edges, and if he's missing, he's barely missing."

On Thursday, Greinke will enter unfamiliar territory when he takes the hill at Petco Park for the first time in his career. Greinke will face Padres right-hander Jason Marquis in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Coming off a gem in his first start (6 1/3 innings, two hits, six K's, no walks), Greinke is showing no ill effects of the elbow inflammation he suffered earlier this spring.

"Right now, he's about where most of the guys in spring were at the very end," said Mattingly, who noted Greinke won't exceed 105-110 pitches. "We don't feel like he's built all the way up, arm-strength wise, so we'll be a little bit cautious along those lines. But there's been no real signs of the elbow [injury]."

Meanwhile, Marquis will face the Dodgers, against whom he's had plenty of success in his career. In 15 outings, the veteran righty is 6-4 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP -- his second-lowest mark against any team.

Padres manager Bud Black is hoping Marquis can buck an early-season trend. Through eight games, only two Padres starters have lasted six innings, and none have gone longer than that.

"Yes, It's the start of the season and guys are fresh," Black said. "... But we need to get a little more length out of our starters."

Marquis deserved better his last time out after three unearned runs wound up costing him a chance at a win against the Rockies. For Marquis, the biggest indicator of form is how often he induces ground balls, and he was solid in his debut, recording 15 of them.

He'll need to work down in the zone against Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, who is red-hot in his return from Tommy John surgery. Crawford, who notched a homer and a triple on Wednesday, is hitting .464 this season, with a 1.245 OPS.

Dodgers: Capuano working into 'pen role
Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano wants "to be a good teammate, first and foremost," when it comes to his move to the bullpen.

With an excess of rotation options, the best fit for Capuano is as a reliever, but he's seen action in just one game this season -- a scoreless inning on Tuesday.

"When the phone rang and they said it was me, there was that instant adrenaline, and that helps get you warmed up," Capuano said. "The bullpen has helped me lock in my focus."

Padres: Quentin's wrist sore
Left fielder Carlos Quentin remains day to day with a right wrist injury he sustained from a hit by pitch in Tuesday's victory.

"He's still a little sore," Black said. "Medically, we're working him up. He's going through a number of tests, and we hope to get a better idea of where he's headed."

After being hit by a Ronald Belisario fastball, Quentin was examined on the field by trainer Todd Hutcheson and removed from the game. A postgame X-ray showed no significant damage.

Worth noting
• Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier has struggled mightily against Marquis, with just three singles in 25 at-bats. Ethier is, however, riding a 10-game hitting streak dating back to last season.

• Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia extended his own hitting streak to six games, during which he is 8-for-18.

• Slumping Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had two hits on Wednesday, improving his career average at Petco Park to .337. That's the third highest among active players. Comments