The Royals will be facing Zack Greinke, who won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award with Kansas City, in Monday's series opener at Kauffman Stadium. It will be just the third time that Greinke faces his former club as a visiting player.
And he'll be wearing a different uniform for the third time. In 2012, Grienke pitched for the Brewers on June 12 and then, after a midseason trade, he pitched for the Angels on Sept. 15. He did well, giving up just one run in each game, but his team lost both times -- the Brewers, 2-1, and the Angels, 3-2. So, Greinke had no decision either time.
But this will be familiar ground for Greinke after his seven years with the Royals.
"It's always fun when you play games like that, especially with Greinke, because he was here for a good part of his career and a lot of fans saw him in his Cy Young season," the Royals' Eric Hosmer said.
In that season, Greinke was 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. This will be the 111th appearance in Kansas City for Greinke, who has a 36-28 record and a 3.48 ERA at The K.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Royals. Guthrie is 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA, but he's never faced the Dodgers in a career that spans 11 seasons in the American League.
Guthrie is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, striking out nine and allowing just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers.
"This could be the best game he's thrown all year," manager Ned Yost said after that start. "He was fabulous. Just fabulous. ... With that lineup, the way he was carving balls -- he was surgical with his stuff today."
Royals: The heat is on
This is the time of year when the famous Kansas City heat lands on Kauffman Stadium. It was 89 degrees on Friday night, 91 on Saturday afternoon and 90 on Sunday.
The teams might catch a break, though, on Monday night because the day's high temperature is forecast to be 81 with a 30 percent chance of rain.
"It's very tough playing when it's this hot," manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's scorcher. "Guys got to make sure that they hydrate properly and that they get their rest, and they eat right because this weather, day after day after day, really saps your strength so you've got to be able to make sure you're doing everything you need to do to compete for nine innings."
If Monday is cooler, look out for Tuesday. It's supposed to be back up to 88.
Dodgers: DH carousel in Kansas City
Interleague Play in an American League park means some of the Dodgers' middle-of-the-order hitters can expect a breather or two.
Manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday that he'll look to rotate shortstop Hanley Ramirez, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and right fielder Yasiel Puig in the designated hitter spot during the Royals series.
"I'll try spread it out," Mattingly said.
The break could be particularly beneficial for Ramirez and Puig, who have each battled injuries in recent games. Ramirez sustained a right ring finger contusion during the Rockies series, while Puig has a mild hip strain.
Scott Van Slyke will likely fill in for Gonzalez at first and Puig in right field, while Miguel Rojas will most likely play shortstop in place of Ramirez.
Gonzalez is batting .248 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 40 career games as a DH. Ramirez is batting .333 with one homer and six RBIs in 10 career starts at DH. Puig has never been a DH.
• Few of the current Royals have had many at-bats against Greinke. Only Omar Infante has seen plenty of the right-hander -- going 5-for-27 (.185).
• After leading the American League in one-run victories last year with a 31-25 mark, the Royals are just 8-15 in such games this season.
• Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe asked to remain on his rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga for a few more games. Uribe, who strained his right hamstring on May 20, was originally slated to be evaluated on Sunday in San Diego.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.