Magill to make next start for Dodgers

Magill to make next start for Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie pitcher Matt Magill, who lasted only 1 1/3 innings in Saturday night's start, will remain in the rotation for at least one more start Friday night, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

The Dodgers could have skipped Magill because of a day off Thursday, but Mattingly said he still had confidence in Magill, who allowed five runs on six hits and four walks to the Giants after allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers in his Major League debut last Sunday.

"He's an easy guy to trust," said Mattingly. "A kid like him stays calm, he keeps working. He had the same demeanor that he had after his last time out. You get a good feeling with him."

By starting Magill on Friday, Mattingly will give his rotation an extra day of rest. Mattingly also said he believes he'll be getting Zack Greinke back in the rotation sooner than originally expected.

While Mattingly wouldn't agree that Magill pitched better than his line appeared, the Dodgers believe the right-hander didn't get any breaks from plate umpire Adrian Johnson.

"I feel I was making as many quality pitches as last time, they just made good swings," said Magill. "Some days the game goes your way and some days it doesn't."

Magill said he wasn't rattled by the hostile AT&T Park fans and was more frustrated with the result than his pitching.

"I honestly thought I had better command of the fastball than the first start," he said. "Things just didn't go my way. Yesterday was just one of those days."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.