After losing to Miami's Anthony DeSclafani in his Major League debut Wednesday night, the Dodgers face Arizona's Chase Anderson in his second Major League appearance Saturday.
Opposing Anderson will be Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in what may appear to be a mismatch, but its one that Anderson has actually been looking forward to since high school.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the game, so I'm excited," Anderson said.
Kershaw faced the D-backs Opening Night in Australia, where he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, but he also sustained a strained back muscle that put him on the disabled list for six weeks. He has made two starts since returning, striking out nine with no walks both times, joining Dazzy Vance as the only Dodgers since 1914 to do that in back-to-back starts.
Anderson made his Major League debut last Sunday against the White Sox in Chicago and allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings while showing impressive poise. He was working on 10 days' rest because he was initially called up to provide length in the bullpen but was not needed before his start.
"After that fifth or sixth inning, I was tired just because I hadn't been in a game in a while," Anderson said.
This time around, Anderson will have one more day than usual due to Thursday's off-day, but he feels much more in sync and his teammates have helped him adjust.
"It's good because now I'm in routine," Anderson said. "I've been doing my running and stuff so I'll be good to go. These guys have been awesome to be around, they've been very welcoming to me so it's really fun here."
Anderson is from McKinney, Texas, about 30 minutes from where Kershaw grew up in Highland Park.
The pair came within one game of facing each other in the Texas State High School playoffs, but Anderson's team came up one game short.
"I threw the regional finals my senior year, we lost the game 2-1 or 3-2," Anderson said. "I had 15 strikeouts. I would have pitched against Kershaw's team in the first round of the playoffs in 2006, our senior year of high school, so that would have been a lot of fun."
The two also came close to crossing paths on two other occasions.
"He was on the same summer ball team that following summer, but he got drafted so he went with the Dodgers and I went to play summer ball," Anderson said. "He worked out at API [Athletes' Performance Institute] a couple of offseasons ago where I worked out, but we never really ran into each other. We're both Texas boys."
Anderson said he learned some valuable lessons from his first taste of the big leagues that he hopes to carry into this start.
"I think just sticking with my game plan and my strengths and attacking the hitters," he said. "It's the same game, but you know hitters obviously have a better idea what they're doing up here. If I can just stick to my strengths and pitch to some of their weaknesses, I think I can be successful."
Dodgers: Wilson bounces back
Brian Wilson was ineffective when brought in to Wednesday night's game with the Dodgers trailing by 11 runs, prompting manager Don Mattingly to say that Wilson might need the adrenaline rush of a game on the line.
On Friday night, Mattingly brought Wilson in for the ninth inning with a seven-run lead. After walking leadoff hitter Martin Prado, Wilson retired the last three batters, two by strikeouts, his velocity up 3-4 mph from Wednesday night.
Wilson's fastball maxed out at 95 mph and his slider was 89-90 mph.
D-backs: Arroyo gives tips on staying healthy
During his 15 years in the big leagues, Bronson Arroyo has never been on the disabled list, a remarkable feat these days.
With the recent rash of elbow injuries among the game's top pitchers, Arroyo was asked if he had any advice for staying healthy.
For Arroyo, the secret is less is more when it comes to your effort level.
"Try to find some ways to make yourself valuable on the mound without having to pitch at max effort," he said. "If I'm a max-effort guy and I only throw 85 mph and I throw every pitch at 85 I'm still running at hot. If you throw 100 mph like a guy like Verlander can, but he idles himself at 91 or 92 and only gets 100 a few times a game, then he's pitching at 90 percent and that will allow your body to do these things much easier and not break down. So it's not necessarily how hard you're throwing, it's how much of your maximum effort are you using out there and how much you need that to get by. And if you can get by without it it's so much easier to get a ground ball throwing a changeup than it is to throw a 100-mph fastball."
• The Dodgers signed journeyman right-hander Jeff Bennett to take the place of Henry Sosa in the Triple-A Albuquerque starting rotation. Sosa returned to Korea, where he pitched the last two seasons. Bennett, 33, last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2009 and most recently pitched in Mexico.
• D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock has hit safely in eight of nine games.
• The Dodgers have two shutouts this year, both against Arizona.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.