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LAD@SD: Greinke shuts out Padres over five innings

With Friday's results guaranteeing that the Dodgers will start the National League Division Series on the road next week, their main focus now is setting up their rotation.

On Saturday, Zack Greinke -- who will start Game 2 of the NLDS -- will make his final start of the season against the Rockies, giving him one last chance for a postseason tuneup.

And with guys like Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound, manager Don Mattingly has no concerns about his team starting the playoffs on the road.

"Honestly, it's still about pitching. With Kershaw and Greinke out there, we pretty much like our chances," Mattingly said. "I don't think our team really cares. We don't care who we play. We don't care where it is. I think it's as simple as who plays the best."

Greinke has been at his best pretty much all season, posting a 15-3 record and a 2.67 ERA. The right-hander has won each of his last seven decisions, last losing on July 25.

The Rockies will counter Greinke with Juan Nicasio, who has struggled mightily of late. The right-hander gave up eight runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Sept. 17 and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against the D-backs on Sunday.

He has had some success against the Dodgers this year, though, going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA against them over two starts this season.

"It's no excuse, but it's a long season and everybody's tired," Nicasio said on Sunday. "I tried my best stuff today, tried to work hard and [you can't] make it happen sometimes."

Rockies: CarGo will consider hitting before finale
Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice before Friday's game and is debating whether he should take some at-bats before the end of the season.

The Rockies outfielder has been dealing with a sprained right middle finger since early July, causing him to go on the disabled list once and forcing him in and out of the Colorado lineup numerous times.

Gonzalez said he wants to see how his finger responds to swings in a live game before deciding whether to have offseason surgery, and manager Walt Weiss said there is a possibility they could test it this weekend.

For the season, Gonzalez is batting .302 with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs.

Dodgers: Hanley expected to be back in the lineup
Mattingly has been giving Hanley Ramirez plenty of chances to rest recently. The star shortstop has been dealing with a back issue, and the Dodgers manager wants to make sure he's fresh for the playoffs.

Ramirez sat out Friday's 11-0 win against the Rockies, but he's expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. For the season, he is batting .346 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs.

Worth noting
• Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford hit his sixth home run of the season on Friday and his first since May 6.

• Tyler Chatwood has been scratched from starting Sunday's season finale. The Rockies may go with a string of relievers.

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