One would think there would be loads of pressure on Tom Koehler on Sunday.
The Marlins right-hander will make his first start of the season and the second of his career. He is replacing Wade LeBlanc in the rotation. He'll be facing a vaunted Dodgers lineup littered with high-paid sluggers. And, on Mother's Day, his parents will be watching closely from a relative's house in New York, where they reside.
Pressure? This is mere fun for Koehler.
"If I would have been in the bullpen, I wouldn't be sure if I was throwing on Mother's Day," Koehler said. "Now, I know I am. That's nice. I get to go out there and pitch. It should be fun."
Koehler has made six relief appearances for Miami this season and has compiled a 3.18 ERA over 11 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs in five innings in his first Major League start, which came in the Marlins' 2012 season finale.
"I'm excited," Koehler said. "This is another opportunity for me to go out there and show them what I can do. I enjoyed my time in the bullpen. I'm in a position to do whatever they tell me to do right now. I'm going to try to get people out the way I was doing when I was in the bullpen."
The Dodgers' Sunday pitcher has logged 190 more starts than Koehler. Southpaw Chris Capuano has struggled this season, though, fashioning a 10.38 ERA in four outings (two starts). He has lasted only six total innings in his two starts, and surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings against the D-backs on Monday.
"It was frustrating for me not to be able to go deep into the game," Capuano said. "But I can't let it get me down. I have to execute better. Maybe I'm pressing a little bit."
The Dodgers finally put an end to an eight-game skid with a 7-1 victory on Saturday night. Capuano will be tasked with guiding Los Angeles to a second straight win.
"We've got to relax and go out and play our game," Capuano said. "We've got high expectations and we're definitely not playing up to what we're capable of."
Marlins: Family in attendance
Derek Dietrich, promoted to the big league club on Wednesday, will have his mother at the game on Sunday. Dietrich's parents, Cathi and Rich, traveled to the West Coast to see their son's first handful of Major League games.
• Placido Polanco likely will get a day off on Sunday. He has played every game of the Marlins' road trip.
Dodgers: Greinke nearing return
Zack Greinke could toe the rubber for the Dodgers on Wednesday. He pitched 4 1/3 innings on Friday in a rehab start with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He said his left collarbone, which he broke a month ago, didn't bother or restrict him.
"It won't be his decision," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. "It's not so much that he's ready to pitch here, it's that they're willing to take the risk of everything that could happen while he's pitching here. I think we would all like it to be here. But I'd also like him to be totally ready."
• The last time the Dodgers lost eight games in a row was Aug. 22-29, 2008. They rebounded with an ensuing eight-game win streak.
• The Dodgers are 5-14 in games not started by Clayton Kershaw or Hyun-Jin Ryu.
• Marlins outfielders had three assists on Saturday, which matches a club record for a game, done twice before -- July 16, 2000, vs. Baltimore and Sept. 7, 1996, vs. Montreal. The last time any team accomplished the feat was the Angels on July 25, 2010.