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PITTSBURGH -- The Dodgers haven't announced their starting rotation beyond the weekend series in San Francisco, but manager Don Mattingly said Josh Beckett will remain in it.

Beckett made his shortest start of the season Tuesday night after coming off the disabled list for a hip impingement, labral tear and two cysts. Beckett said the hip condition would not be used as an excuse and he planned to move forward and continue pitching. "We don't have any plans doing anything differently," said Mattingly, who earlier left open the possibility that one pitcher would be skipped or juggled because the Dodgers have days off Thursday and next Monday sandwiched around the Giants series.

Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are lined up to start the three games against the Giants. On Tuesday night, the Dodgers open a three-game series at home against Atlanta that begins a stretch of 20 consecutive games without a day off.

Beckett allowed four runs on six hits, including three solo home runs, in 3 2/3 innings.

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

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