Starting on the road in last year's series, the Angels took the first game against the Dodgers en route to winning that series, 2-1, and the season series, 4-2.
Overall, the Angels (32-29) have won nine of their last 12 games against the Dodgers (39-22). In their last 14 games at Dodger Stadium, the Angels are 10-4, while holding a slim edge all-time at Chavez Ravine at 22-21.
"The rivalry part is kinda cool," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That's the part I like. I think you get a little extra energy when you play those guys. You get a mixture of our fans and their fans in both places. I wish we could have caught [the Angels] early. They struggled, but they've righted the ship."
Coming off of a sweep of the Rockies in Colorado, the Angels are riding a nine-game winning streak on the road, tying them for their second longest in club history. They won 11 straight away from home in July and August of 1988.
After starting the season 13-17, the Angels are 19-12 in their last 31 games, while cutting the Rangers' lead in the American League West from 6 1/2 games to three.
"We're out there having fun," center fielder Mike Trout said. "It's exciting when you're winning, and the team chemistry is awesome right now."
Angels: Offense bruising the opposition
The Angels have scored six or more runs and have had 10 or more hits in each of their last six games. During that span, the team is 4-2, while outscoring the opposition 46-32.
Over his last 19 games, Albert Pujols has hit .357 (25-for-70) with eight doubles, six home runs, 18 RBIs and 10 walks, to raise his season average from .211 to .256.
The Angels will send righty Garrett Richards (1-0) out to start the series against the Dodgers. In his first start filling in for the injured Jered Weaver, he allowed one run and struck out eight over seven innings last Tuesday against the Mariners.
Dodgers: Uribe could return Monday
Mattingly said he expects third baseman Juan Uribe to rejoin the club on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest.
Unless he feels he needs an extra day off, Mattingly said he plans to put Uribe back in the starting lineup and get him playing for the first time since May 13, when he was sidelined by a left-wrist injury.
"Juan's pretty much the everyday guy," Mattingly said. "He's the best defender there, and when he's healthy, he was swinging the bat good. I still think I'll go back to him. That's the plan."
The Dodgers will send lefty Chris Capuano to face the Angels for the first time this season. In his last start, Capuano went five innings against the Phillies, giving up four runs, all of which came via three home runs.
Mark Trumbo set a career-high with six RBIs in the series finale against the Rockies on Sunday, with two three-run home runs.
The Angels have had four players with multi-home run games this week after not having any through the first 55 games of the season. Trumbo has done it twice, and Kendrys Morales and Torii Hunter have done it once.
Andre Ethier's grand slam on Sunday was his first home run since May 21.