Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers for their road matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. ET.
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After several teams showed interest in him, the Dodgers (43-45) acquired Nolasco from Miami in exchange for three minor league pitchers Saturday.
"I'm definitely excited. It's L.A., the team that I grew up going to the games as a kid," Nolasco, who grew up in Corona, California, told MLB's official website. "It's kind of surreal now, until I'm actually there. It will take time to sink in, but I'm definitely excited."
The right-hander went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 starts with the Marlins, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings Wednesday in a 6-3 win at Atlanta.
"He's a competitor," Hanley Ramirez said. "He knows how to pitch, and I think he helps us a lot. He wants to be out there, and he's a good teammate. I was with him six or seven years (in Miami), and nobody has a complaint about him. A great guy."
Nolasco was at his best during a 2-1 win over Arizona on May 19, yielding one run and five hits while striking out a season-high 11 in eight-plus innings. He is, however, 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA during his last three starts at Chase Field.
Miguel Montero is 5 for 13 with a homer and two doubles versus Nolasco, and Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hill are a combined 9 for 13.
Kennedy (3-4, 5.16 ERA) also figures to be under the spotlight as he faces the Dodgers for the first time since causing both benches to empty in a 5-3 road loss June 11. Kennedy hit rising star Yasiel Puig with a pitch, then later plunked opposing pitcher Zack Greinke with another high pitch after both teams had been warned. The right-hander received a 10-game suspension for his actions.
Kennedy allowed two runs in seven innings Thursday in a 5-4, 15-inning road win over the Mets. He is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his last four starts versus Los Angeles.