Clayton Kershaw's scheduled start has been moved up to Friday against the D-backs from Saturday, which will allow him to pitch the finale of a three-game set in Colorado next week. The Rockies, Padres and Giants are all fighting for two possible playoff spots.
Kershaw will be on a regular four days' rest on Friday. John Ely is scheduled for Saturday and Chad Billingsley for Sunday, rounding out the D-backs series in Arizona. Ted Lilly is to open the Rockies series on Monday and Hiroki Kuroda is to pitch Tuesday.
"When we play Arizona, we're going to play a lot more of the kids we brought up," manager Joe Torre said. "The challenge is to have an impact. I know if we're sitting in that dugout over there [San Diego's], or wherever we're playing, you're hoping that the team that's playing one of the contenders can knock them off. I know it's our obligation to be able to do that."
Aside from a four-inning start in which he allowed four earned runs against Colorado in his last outing, Kershaw has dominated the Rockies this season. He's 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts against them.