Ellis behind plate for rare start catching Capuano

Ellis behind plate for rare start catching Capuano

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers rookie catcher Tim Federowicz has typically been behind the plate when left-hander Chris Capuano is on the mound, but A.J. Ellis got the start Sunday against the Red Sox.

Federowicz had caught each of Capuano's past 11 starts entering Sunday. Capuano was 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA in that span, and the Dodgers were 9-2. But Capuano has allowed 13 earned runs over his past three outings.

"Cap has been OK the last couple times out and I just wanted to kind of change the dynamic just a little bit," said manager Don Mattingly.

Andre Ethier was also out of the lineup Sunday against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy. Ethier is 5-for-33 (.152) with 10 strikeouts lifetime against Peavy.

Carl Crawford returned to the lineup Sunday after being held out for eight innings Saturday. Crawford is 4-for-12 (.333) lifetime against Peavy.

Mattingly mentioned his desire to give Ethier a breather Saturday, but waited until Sunday to take advantage of matchups and prevent Crawford and Ethier from sitting on the same day.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.