LOS ANGELES — The only positive thing the Atlanta Braves got out of Tuesday night's 8-0 thrashing by the Los Angeles Dodgers was a slick-fielding third baseman who two years ago burned them with a late-inning home run in the final game of the NL Division Series.
Juan Uribe's impending acquisition from the Dodgers in a multiplayer trade involving Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo hasn't officially been announced by either club, pending approval from Commissioner Rob Manfred. But a few Dodgers clubhouse attendants were cleaning out Uribe's locker after most of the reporters had left.
About 15 minutes before Clayton Kershaw made his first pitch to Jace Peterson, the Braves announced that Pedro Ciriaco was replacing Callaspo at third base and batting seventh. It was the second consecutive night that happened.
Callaspo, who played for the Los Angeles Angels from 2010-13, originally nixed the deal. A collective bargaining agreement provision states any player who became a major league free agent cannot be traded without his approval until after June 15. Callaspo agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Braves in December after spending last season with Oakland.
"Unfortunately, it was found out about because he was taken out of the lineup. And that's the right way to do it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said about 2 1/2 hours before the game. "You don't want a player that you're possibly going to trade get hurt. I talked to Albert this morning just before I came to the ballpark, and he's fine with it. It's all good. He's a good teammate and a popular guy in our clubhouse."
Uribe, who has the same agent as Callaspo, lost his starting job due to a hitting slump and the emergence of veteran Justin Turner and rookie Alex Guerrero, who has eight home runs in 83 at-bats.
"There are some things that some guys aren't going to like. And within our organization, I'm the guy who delivers that news and I'm the guy that writes that lineup," manager Don Mattingly said before the game. "Juan's a professional. And in professional sports, the guy that performs is the guy that plays."
Uribe, who helped the Dodgers win consecutive NL West titles after winning World Series rings with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and San Francisco in 2010, is making $6,925,000 this year.
"I respect their decision," Uribe said through a translator. "One never knows what's going to happen. If I play for another team, then I play for another team. I can't control what happens. You have to take things as they come. It's happened to me before. One day you're here, one day you're not. Thank God there are other teams that are interested in me."
Uribe and his teammates had developed a strong bond during their four-plus seasons together, particularly Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. One time when Uribe was victimized by a hidden-ball trick, Gonzalez went over to his locker and presented him with a shoe taped to a base, with a baseball inside the shoe.
"I'm not going to be able to charge room service to his room anymore," Gonzalez joked. "We had a little back and forth going on there. He's been great. Everybody here loves him. He'll definitely be missed, that's for sure."
Gonzalez became the 12th active player with 1,000 RBIs, when he hit his 10th homer of the season into the pavilion in left field on Julio Teheran's 85th and final pitch after Howie Kendrick's one-out single in the fifth.
Teheran (4-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings against the two-time defending NL West champions, who have won four of five after getting swept in a three-game series at San Francisco by a combined margin of 10-0.
"It was one bad inning," Teheran said. "I'm going to have to keep working to get back to where I want to be, the way I was the last two years."
Kershaw (3-3) allowed four hits, struck out 10 and walked none while lowering his ERA to 3.86. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner is 16-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last 20 starts against NL East teams.
"He didn't look like a guy who had a four-plus ERA coming in," Fredi Gonzalez said. "Maybe he's starting to get back on track a little bit."
Jonny Gomes was 0 for 3 against Kershaw with two strikeouts, and is now 2 for 16 lifetime against the left-hander with eight strikeouts.
"He was throwing 94-95. And when he gets that curve ball over, it makes for a long night because it makes his fastball that much better," Gomes said.
Braves: LHP Alex Wood (2-2) will be pitching on 10 days' rest after missing Friday's scheduled start against Milwaukee because of a stomach virus. In his eight starts, he has allowed two home runs in 47 innings — but will be facing a Dodgers offense that leads the NL with 61 homers. Wood allowed one earned run over seven innings in his previous start, a 5-3 win at Miami on May 16.
Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (5-1) has allowed just three earned runs in 28 1-3 innings over his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 1.48, but is winless in his last three outings.
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