Cards, Dodgers open series with battle of aces

In an effort to prevent history from repeating itself, the Dodgers have adjusted their rotation, activating pitcher Stephen Fife, who started Sunday versus the Cubs, giving the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest and bumping Capuano from the Cardinals series. More importantly, it set up a battle of aces in the first of a four-game set at Busch Stadium. The move pits Greinke against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who will be playing for a National League-best 14th win, on Monday. If he hadn't missed time with a broken collarbone, Greinke might very well be among the NL wins leaders, too. Greinke is 8-3 through 17 starts this season and has allowed more than two runs just once in his last five starts. Wainwright, named to his second All-Star team ealier this year, has been a rock in the St. Louis rotation. However, he's sporting a 3.68 ERA over his last three outings. It's not bad compared to most pitchers, but it's a full run above his 2.61 ERA this year. In 12 games against the Dodgers in his career, Wainwright has a solid 3.02 ERA over 62 2/3 innings. Game time is 6:05.