Something about facing the Dodgers seems to bring out the best in Ian Kennedy.
The D-backs' right-hander was brilliant against Los Angeles last season, going 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts.
Kennedy will try to keep up that pace this season, as the Dodgers and D-backs square off on Saturday at Chase Field.
After picking up a victory in his first start of the season, Kennedy took the no-decision on Sunday against the Brewers, surrendering four runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
"I didn't feel like I had my changeup all game," Kennedy said after the start. "Usually that's my go-to pitch, outside of my fastball. Didn't have the best command, especially in some of those innings."
Meanwhile, Hyun-Jin Ryu will be on the hill for the Dodgers, ready to build off his last quality start.
Picking up his first Major League win on Sunday against the Pirates, the left-hander allowed just two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Ryu also struck out six and walked two.
After a shaky first inning, Ryu settled in, getting ahead in the count and throwing his curveball for strikes.
That effort marked the type of performance the Dodgers will consistently need from Ryu over the next two months as Zack Greinke recovers for a broken left collarbone.
"I had made a few promises to some people back in Korea that I would get my first win today," Ryu said through interpreter Martin Kim after the game. "I'm just happy I kept the promise."
Dodgers: Greinke to miss eight weeks
Greinke, who broke his left collarbone in a fracas with Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin on Thursday night, will undergo surgery Saturday in Los Angeles and is expected to miss eight weeks.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. John Itamura, who are Dodgers team physicians, will perform the surgery at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. They will place a rod in Greinke's clavicle to stabilize and align the fracture.
After placing the 29-year-old on the 15-day disabled list Friday, the Dodgers recalled right-hander Shawn Tolleson from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Greinke's roster spot. Tolleson walked two during the eighth inning of Friday's game without recording an out.
D-backs: Kubel and Hill sit out with injuries
Outfielder Jason Kubel and second baseman Aaron Hill were out of Friday's lineup against the Dodgers.
Kubel said his left quad has been tight since he stepped wrong while rounding third while scoring from second on a passed ball in Milwaukee last weekend. Hill, who was hit on the top of his left hand by a James McDonald pitch Tuesday night, was scratched for precautionary reasons related to the hand.
Additionally, Cody Ross, who is on the disabled list with a strained left calf, could return when the team opens a three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday, but he will need to do more physical activity first. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Triple-A Reno on Friday.
• D-backs catcher Miguel Montero had an 11-game hitting streak against the Dodgers snapped in Friday's game.
• Dodgers pitchers have 80 strikeouts against just 25 walks this season.