Paul Maholm experienced the Dodgers-Giants rivalry as a participant when the teams met April 5 at Dodger Stadium, but he gets his first taste of being in enemy territory when he starts for the Dodgers at AT&T Park on Wednesday night.
"No matter where you play, there are always fans that don't care for you," he said. "This might be a little extra."
Nowhere do the Dodgers encounter hostility from fans the way they do in the Bay Area, a decades-old carryover from the days when the two teams split allegiances in New York.
Maholm said he won't get caught up in it.
"To me, once you get on the mound, it's kind of your place and you're not really concerned with any of that," he said. "Besides, I've already seen the theme in the NL West is 'Beat L.A.' everywhere you go."
Meanwhile, the Giants send to the mound Ryan Vogelsong, who could use a win, but at the very least improvement.
The Giants right-hander owns no record and an 8.00 ERA in two starts entering his outing Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Though Vogelsong is San Francisco's No. 5 starter, he holds himself to a higher standard. Remember, this is the same Vogelsong who was the Giants' leading winner in the 2012 postseason as he recorded two victories in the National League Championship Series against St. Louis and another in the World Series at Detroit.
"I'm still not where I want to be," Vogelsong said after his last start, a four-run, five-inning performance against Arizona last Thursday. He lasted one batter into the sixth inning and actually left the game in position to record a victory. But the Giants ultimately fell, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Vogelsong was extremely self-critical for not lasting deeper into the game and thus saving the bullpen. At his most effective, Vogelsong could be counted on to last six or even seven innings per start. This was the case in 2012, when he worked at least six innings in each of his first 21 starts.
Fortunately for Vogelsong and the Giants, their relievers have thrived for most of the season. Since yielding six runs in eight innings during the season's first two games, San Francisco's bullpen has surrendered five runs (three earned) in 39 2/3 innings. That's an 0.68 ERA.
Dodgers: Bad time for long night
With five days off in two weeks behind them, the last thing the Dodgers needed to begin a stretch of 29 games in the next 30 days was 12 innings Tuesday night.
"Not the way to start this stretch of ours," manager Don Mattingly said after using six relievers to pitch the final 6 2/3 innings against the Giants.
The one reliever the Dodgers didn't use, although he warmed up twice, was former Giant Brian Wilson, activated from the disabled list before the game.
Giants: Sandoval, Pence due to awaken?
The law of averages dictates that third baseman Pablo Sandoval and right fielder Hunter Pence are about to go on hitting sprees. That hasn't happened quite yet, though they've shown signs of emerging from their season-long slumps.
Neither player is lacking for opportunity. Sandoval and Pence are the only Giants to start every game.
Sandoval provided encouragement by recording his first multiple-hit game Sunday against Colorado. His 2-for-4 effort included a long home run that would have been a "Splash Hit" into San Francisco Bay. But the ball struck a flagpole and caromed into the stands. Saturday, Sandoval doubled and was robbed of another extra-base hit by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Sandoval's batting .164 overall, paling beside the .298 career average he took into this season.
Pence has lifted his average from .111 to .193 by hitting safely in four of his last five games. He went 1-for-3 with a ground-rule double off Maholm when the teams met April 5.
• Dodgers relievers Chris Withrow and Chris Perez came into Tuesday night's game having allowed one hit each this year. Pence greeted both of them with singles.
• Tuesday's 12-inning game matched the longest between the Giants and Dodgers at AT&T Park (also April 12, 2003, and July 14, 2007).
• Matt Kemp reached base safely three times Tuesday despite not starting.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.