LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have World Series aspirations, but manager Don Mattingly reminded his club it still has work to do after losing two of three games to the Red Sox over the weekend.
"We pretty much got outplayed," Mattingly said on Monday. "If we're going to get where we want to go, those are the kinds of teams we're going to have to beat. It gives you a little barometer of what kind of baseball you need to play to win."
The Dodgers beat the first-place Red Sox on Friday, 2-0, behind a two-run homer from Hanley Ramirez and eight scoreless innings from Ricky Nolasco. But Los Angeles was outscored, 12-3, in the final two games to lose a series for the first time since June 14-16 in Pittsburgh.
"If it wasn't for Ricky, we would have got swept," Mattingly said.
The five runs the Dodgers scored in the series were the club's fewest in a three-game set this season. Boston starters John Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy allowed three runs total in 24 1/3 innings.
"Those are the kind of people we're going to have to beat to get where we want to go," Mattingly said. "The only concern was that you see three veteran pitchers that basically got ahead of the count, and every day I look up in the sixth inning and their pitch count is in the 60s. So we're talking about 10 or 12 pitches an inning -- way too easy. They're veterans and they're going to get ahead in the count and expose you if you don't understand what they're trying to do."
Mattingly also pointed out the Red Sox played with more fire than his club. Boston is in a tight race in the American League East, while L.A led the National League West by 9 1/2 games entering Monday.
"Human nature tells us you've got a little bit of a cushion there and you get away from that mentality a little bit," Mattingly said. "I think you see a team over there that was a little more intense and had more fight in their at-bats. We saw them foul off more tough pitches and take advantage of everything that we did wrong."
Kemp ready to test ankle by running bases
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp is scheduled to run the bases on Tuesday, one of the final tests for his sprained left ankle before the Dodgers clear the center fielder to begin a rehab assignment.
The Dodgers want Kemp to run the bases at least twice this week to see how his ankle responds. If all goes well, Kemp could play in rehab games before Minor League seasons end next week.
"When guys start running the bases, that means we're hoping they're getting close to going and playing somewhere," manager Don Mattingly said. "But it's how he responds to all those things. It will be a couple of days of baserunning, and then we see how that response is. Matt needs to be 100 percent."
Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, had a scheduled day off on Monday. He took batting practice and ran on Sunday.
The Dodgers could get Kemp at-bats in Arizona Instructional League if he does not begin a rehab assignment before Minor League seasons end.
Kemp has been sidelined since July 21, when he injured his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate in Washington. He's missed 69 games this season and played 62.
Hip injury puts Tolleson's rehab stint on hold
LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Tolleson suffered a left hip injury in his return from lower back surgery and had his Minor League rehab assignment put on hold, which will likely prevent the reliever from joining the Dodgers once rosters expand Sept. 1.
Tolleson developed a hip issue as he was coming back from surgery in April to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The right-hander tried to pitch through the hip injury and made one rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Aug. 14. But Tolleson's hip wasn't getting better and he's no longer throwing off a mound.
"He's getting slowed down," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I haven't heard that he's been shut down for the year. I just heard that he's on hold."
Tolleson, 25, made one appearance with the Dodgers this season before going on the disabled list. He appeared in 40 games with Los Angeles last year, striking out 39 in 37 2/3 innings with a 4.30 ERA.
• The Dodgers are considering using rookie starter Stephen Fife in spot starts once rosters expand Sept. 1, manager Don Mattingly said on Monday.
"We may slip Fife in there at different times to give our guys an extra day," Mattingly said. "But everything is still kind of fluid in that area."
Fife has a 2.47 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers this season. The right-hander has been with Triple-A Albuquerque since Aug. 5.
• Triple-A outfielder Nick Buss was named to the Pacific Coast League postseason All-Star team. Buss leads the PCL with 94 RBIs and is hitting .308 in 123 games.
• Class A Great Lakes right-handed pitcher Zachary Bird earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors for the period Aug. 19-25. Bird struck out six over six scoreless innings Aug. 21.
• The Dodgers recently signed left-handed pitcher Maximiliano Gooding, 17, of Panama and announced the transaction on Monday.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.