The surging Dodgers may have the good fortune of facing a stumbling Indians team in their home park, but they've not been so lucky in the health department.
On Sunday, the club placed utilityman Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez left in the second inning of Saturday's game -- his first back from a shoulder injury -- with calf tightness. Oft-injured outfielder Carl Crawford has been sidelined since May 27 with an ankle injury.
Despite all this, the Dodgers entered Sunday sporting a 17-10 record in June. The reason has been no secret: They've been able to rely on strong pitching and sound defense.
"If you look around baseball, I think you see injuries everywhere that people are dealing with," manager Don Mattingly said. "The places where we've had to replace guys or temporarily have other guys have been defensive positions, and it's really made us a little better defensively. So you're having to win 4-3 and 3-2, and every once in a while, you throw some runs up. I think we're sustaining because our pitching has been so good."
The Dodgers pitching staff has led the National League this month with a collective 2.63 ERA, and its 53 walks are the fewest among that group during that span. Probable starter Dan Haren may have inflated that number a bit -- he's put up a 5.20 ERA while giving up eight home runs over his last five starts -- but the right-hander also has a solid track record against the Indians, going 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 career starts against the team.
Haren surrendered four runs to the Royals over 4 1/3 innings in his last time out.
"Only going 4 1/3 is no good," Haren said. "I'll be better, I'm confident. I'm healthy, but the results haven't shown. I'll get back to pitching the way I was the first month. I'm confident I can do that."
The Indians, who will answer with right-hander Corey Kluber, entered Sunday with a 6-11 since June 10 and were swept at home by the division-leading Tigers last weekend. They fell to 16-27 when playing away from Progressive Field this year with Sunday's loss to the Mariners.
Kluber (7-5, 3.09) has struggled through much of June but returned to the win column in his last start, striking out eight in a dominant seven-inning shutout of the D-backs.
"I don't think there's been much of a difference in the way I've pitched [from month to month]," said Kluber, who improved to 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA in six career Interleague starts. "It's been a pitch here or there, but it's about being consistent."
Monday's series opener marks just the seventh time the Tribe has played the Dodgers. Cleveland is 2-4 in the overall series but went 2-1 in Dodger Stadium in 2008.
Indians: Gomes vying for All-Star recognition
Yan Gomes has yet to gain much All-Star voting traction among American League catchers this year, though Indians manager Terry Francona understands why that hasn't happened yet.
"I definitely think he's very worthy," Francona said on Sunday. "I think a couple things are probably going against him. One, he hasn't been a catcher forever. And, he had a little bit of a slow start defensively. But I think Gomer, when you look at the catching in the league, always deserves to be in that [discussion]."
Entering Sunday, Gomes owned a .267/.311/.421 line to go with nine doubles, nine homers and 28 RBIs. Defensively, he has made 10 errors on the season, but he has also limited opposing baserunners to 17 steals in 52 attempts (32.7 percent).
Gomes did not rank among the top five AL catchers as of last week's voting total update.
Dodgers: Turner to DL, Triunfel back in the big leagues
With Turner headed to the disabled list with his aforementioned hamstring injury, the Dodgers recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday to fill the vacated roster spot.
Turner was batting .302 through 59 games with Los Angeles and had spent time at second base, third base and shortstop for the club. Triunfel, who was claimed off waivers in April, sported a .210 average with Albuquerque.
"I mean every team has to deal with this stuff, but Turner has been extremely valuable for us," pitcher Zack Greinke said Saturday. "There's not many guys that can play all the infield spots and still put up quality at-bats, and his at-bats are even above quality. So far this year, I put him in the top tier of utility guys in the game, and you just can't replace that."
• Dee Gordon continued his torrid pace at the plate this month with a 3-for-5 performance on Saturday night. He is batting a team-high .316 (30-for-95) in June and leads the Majors with 40 stolen bases on the year.
• Tribe right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a complete-game one-hitter against the Mariners on Saturday, becoming just the sixth Cleveland pitcher in the past century to record at least 11 strikeouts and no walks in a shutout.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.