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LAD@SF: Dodgers broadcast on acquiring Nolasco

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks escaped their first game since the June 11 fracas without any hit-by-pitches Monday night.

Next up: Ian Kennedy's turn on Tuesday night.

Kennedy was the centerpiece of the fracas the first time around when he plunked Yasiel Puig in the nose with a 92-mph fastball. Zack Greinke, who threw seven shutout innings in a 6-1 win on Monday, retaliated by drilling catcher Miguel Montero in the back the following inning. Both sides were warned, but Kennedy then went after the pitcher, nailing Greinke in the shoulder the very next inning. Kennedy was immediately ejected along with manager Kirk Gibson.

Kennedy has since served a 10-game suspension, while Gibson served his one-game suspension.

Mattingly served one game and reliever Ronald Belisario was suspended for one, while J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker were suspended for two, though Schumaker is still awaiting word following an appeal.

Kennedy said he won't be looking for trouble on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of people here today, I know it's getting a lot of attention, but I'm not expecting a whole lot other than them coming out hard to play and so are we."

Manager Kirk Gibson supported Kennedy.

"We would never try to hit somebody, but does it happen? Yeah," he said. "[Willie] Bloomquist is going to miss 6-8 weeks, Aaron Hill missed 6 weeks and [Did] Gregorius got hit in the head. But we recognize it as not intentional.

"We've always had spirited games with the Dodgers. We hope we can execute well. We know we have to pitch, they've been swinging the bats better. We have to stay focused on that."

Mattingly said the Dodgers wouldn't be looking to retaliate since they can't afford to lose any players either.

The Dodgers have been on a tear of late, winning 13 of their last 16 games. And they'll get a fresh look at newly-acquired starter Ricky Nolasco, who will be tasked with boosting a starting rotation that has been one of the best in the league. As of Monday, the Dodgers ranked fourth in the Majors with a starting rotation ERA of 3.51.

"He's a veteran pitcher so it certainly doesn't hurt them, it makes their rotation stronger," Gibson said of the Dodgers' acquisition. "But I think in general you have to worry about yourselves and take care of what you do."

Nolasco is having his best season since 2008, posting a 3.85 ERA with 90 strikeouts to 25 walks in 112 1/3 innings.

D-backs: Goldschmidt considered for Derby
Paul Goldschmidt has 21 homers and 74 RBIs, so he certainly caught the attention of National League Home Run Derby captain David Wright.

Even though he wasn't chosen, his stellar first half deserves respect.

"I really am sorry that Carlos Beltran, Domonic Brown, Goldschmidt, [Joey] Votto, [Pedro] Alvarez -- they were all obviously on the original list," Wright said. "The three guys I asked to do it [Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Bryce Harper] all said yes and jumped at it.

"It's a lot tougher than you would think it is. You don't want to leave anybody out and there are obviously guys I left out. I apologize for that, but some people had to be left out."

Dodgers: Kemp to DL
Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after irritating the acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder on a swing Friday night. He tried testing the shoulder during batting practice but it didn't go well.

Kemp will fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery to repair his torn labrum and rotator cuff fraying last year.

"I think we're being a little cautious," Mattingly said.

Worth noting
• The Dodgers have two hitters with averages above .400: Hanley Ramirez is hitting .419 through 105 at-bats and Puig is hitting .409 through 132 at-bats.

• Since Aaron Hill's return from a broken hand on June 25, the second baseman picked up right where he left off: He's hitting .300 (15-for-50), and .302 overall on the season. Comments