Two of Asia's top pitchers go head-to-head Saturday with one still looking to make a name for himself in the States and the other being about as proven a commodity as they come.
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu had his start pushed back a day after notching his 12th win his last time out in a sweep of the Giants.
Ryu has been thrilled with his slider since mimicking Clayton Kershaw's grip and arm angle, calling it his new "go-to" pitch. And the Dodgers have to be thrilled to have him on the mound with full five days of rest.
In 14 starts after exactly five days off, Ryu owns an 11-2 record and 2.80 ERA with 67 strikeouts over 86 2/3 innings pitched.
His Cubs counterpart, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, doesn't have the benefit of any extra time off. But what he does have working for him is a newfound confidence stemming from his first big league win against the Rockies on Monday.
In just his second start in the Majors since spending two seasons in the Orioles' farm system and nine seasons in Japan, Wada tossed seven innings of one-run ball, striking out six.
Being that his MLB career is so fresh, it's no surprise that Wada has never started a game in Dodgers Stadium. But the first U.S. Major League game he ever watched was a Dodgers game that countryman Hideo Nomo started.
Of course, the former Japan League MVP has a long way to go before he's on Nomo's level. At the moment, he's just happy he got to remain in the rotation after lasting just four innings against the Padres in his Major League debut.
"I appreciate that the Cubs used me again after that outing I had [against San Diego], which wasn't very good," Wada said after his second outing. "My command was definitely better than last time .... The last time I was more excited and anxious about that game."
Cubs: Doubront promptly lands on disabled list following trade
The Cubs decided to try their luck on turning around left-hander Felix Doubront's season when they acquired him from the Red Sox at Thursday's Trade Deadline. Only thing is, they'll have to wait a few weeks before seeing if he can get back on track.
After Chicago landed Doubront for a player to be named, the team almost immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with left calf strain.
Doubront made it clear in Boston that he was looking to start, but on Friday, manager Rick Renteria said the plan is for him to get healthy and then map out his role from there.
At the moment, Doubront is just happy to be reunited with the man who first believed in him, Cubs president Theo Epstein. After their discussion, Doubront made it clear that everyone is on the same page.
"I talked to Theo, and I'm going to do my job here," Doubront said. "They expect me to go out and do my job, and that's what I want to do. It's not going to take too long to be competitive again."
In 10 starts this season, Doubront has amassed a 5.19 ERA, striking out 35 to 23 walks. Including his relief appearances, Doubront owns a 6.07 ERA in 2014 across 59 1/3 innings pitched.
Dodgers: Gonzalez, Puig, Maholm depart Friday's game
The hits just kept coming -- at least injury-wise -- for the Dodgers in their 8-2 series-opening loss to the Cubs.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was replaced by Scott Van Slyke in the top of the third after suffering a right knee contusion on a first-inning slide for home. He's currently being called day to day.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig was pulled after six innings with mild left hamstring soreness. While that move was more precautionary due to the score, left-hander Paul Malholm's right knee injury looks to be more serious.
Malholm tweaked his knee while covering first base on a groundout that ended the seventh inning. He was able to walk off under his own power after being examined but was scheduled for an MRI following the Dodgers' loss.
• The Cubs purchased the contract of infielder Chris Valaika and recalled right-hander Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa Friday.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.