The Dodgers' final road series of the regular season will be a homecoming for reliever Brian Wilson, who will return to San Francisco for the first time since signing with rival Los Angeles.
The Dodgers visit AT&T Park on Tuesday to open a three-game series against the Giants, which could provide plenty of opportunities for Wilson to pitch in front of the legions of fans who supported him during the seven seasons he spent with San Francisco from 2006-12.
Wilson recorded the final out of the 2010 World Series, but had Tommy John surgery last April for the second time in his career and was non-tendered by the Giants in the offseason. He signed with the Dodgers as a free agent at the end of July and has become an important part of their bullpen since his L.A. debut on Aug. 22, allowing one run in 11 1/3 innings and stranding 10 of 11 inherited baserunners.
While Wilson was a fan favorite during his time with the Giants, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects the right-hander to receive a mixed reaction in this series.
"I'm sure with any personality that goes to a rival, it's not going to be a warm and fuzzy reaction," Mattingly said. "I don't understand that, though. They could have signed him. They let him go. It's not like he decided to leave. It'll probably be half and half. A lot of people appreciated what he was able to accomplish, and there will be a mix of traitor talk."
Wilson faced his former teammates last week at Dodger Stadium for the first time since signing with the Dodgers. He made two appearances during a four-game series, earning the win with a scoreless inning in the series opener and retiring the only two batters he faced in the series finale.
"It was fun," said Giants catcher Buster Posey. "You look forward to challenges against good pitchers, and he's one of them. Once the at-bat started, it felt like a normal at-bat."
Dodgers: Ryu seeks to end skid
Hyun-Jin Ryu will be looking for his first win of the month when he takes the mound on Tuesday. The rookie has lost four of his last five starts and is 0-2 in September after missing time with a stiff back.
Ryu has faced the Giants four times, and is 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA. In two outings at AT&T Park, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA.
• Andre Ethier, who had been out since Sept. 13 with a turned left ankle, pinch-hit in Sunday's 1-0 win in San Diego and Mattingly said he could return to the starting lineup on Tuesday night.
Giants: Cain strong in second half
Matt Cain will start against the Dodgers for the fifth time this season on Tuesday. He's been solid since the All-Star break, posting a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts and going 3-3. Cain had a 5.06 ERA in the first half of the year.
Cain faced the Dodgers last Thursday and fired seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision. The right-hander struck out five and walked one. He's 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA against the Dodgers this season.
• The Giants have scored just five runs in their last 40 innings and have scored two runs or fewer in four straight games.
• Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 20-for-67 (.299) in his career against Cain, with four doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.