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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 390
Arizona0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 040
  W: C. Kershaw (1-0)   L: M. Kelly (1-1)   S: K. Jansen (2)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, August 2, 2020
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 0

Kershaw to make 2020 debut as L.A. seeks series win over D-backs

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Dodgers won 11 of 19 meetings with the Diamondbacks last season, and the key was offense: Los Angeles hit 35 home runs and slugged .487, both of which were team bests in a season against Arizona.
  2. Los Angeles won at Houston in 13 innings yesterday, the longest game under the new extra-inning rule. The Dodgers went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but both hits came in extras: an RBI double by Mookie Betts in the 11th inning and a two-run homer by Edwin Rios in the 13th inning.
  3. Arizona is the only team in MLB that has yet to score 5+ runs in a game this season. The Diamondbacks rank last in the majors in home runs (1) and slugging percentage (.275) and 29th in runs per game (2.83), ahead of only the Rangers (2.60).
  4. In his first start of the season, Ross Stripling went seven innings, his longest outing since April 14, 2019 (8.0). Left-handed batters were 1-for-17 (.059) with seven strikeouts against Stripling on Friday.
  5. Robbie Ray took the loss after going just 3.2 innings in his season debut on Saturday at San Diego. Prior to that, Ray's team had won his first start of the season in each of his six seasons. Ray has had more strikeouts than innings pitched in 14 straight starts against the Dodgers, the longest such streak by any pitcher against any team in the modern era.
  6. Mookie Betts has played just six career games against Arizona, but one of them was a four-hit, three-homer performance on August 14, 2016. Betts' 13 total bases in that game are tied with Ike Davis and Juan Uribe for the most by any player in a game against the Diamondbacks all-time.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/30/2020 thru 8/2/2020
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw makes his season debut Sunday when the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks meet in the finale of a four-game series in Phoenix.

Kershaw was reinstated from the injured list Saturday. A stiff back from working out two days before he was scheduled to pitch the season opener kept him from making his ninth career Opening Day start.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star is 16-10 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 career starts against the Diamondbacks, but last season was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts against Arizona, both at Chase Field.

"Just knowing he's going to make a start, his debut for '20, I know he's thrilled, the players are excited for him," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's just a different demeanor in the clubhouse on his pitch day."

The Dodgers can take three of the four games with their division rivals with a win Sunday, and have to feel confident after an 11-2 win Saturday night, in which they hit four home runs without slumping 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger in the lineup. Roberts also played it safe with regulars Mookie Betts and Corey Seager, removing them from the game to rest minor injuries.

"He's healthy, he's seeing the baseball well, he's using the big part of the field," Roberts said of Seager, who added two hits Saturday after three straight games with a home run. "He's taking balls and swinging at strikes."

Right-handed pitcher Mitch White is with the team after being called up from the Dodgers' alternate training site. His first appearance will be his major league debut.

The Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly (1-0) looks to build off a strong start to 2020. He earned the win on July 28 against the Texas Rangers, allowing a run on three hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Kelly had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings in that game. In his career against the Dodgers, Kelly is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts, covering 10 innings.

Expect Arizona manager Torey Lovullo to have Christian Walker in the lineup. Walker is 5-for-11 with four home runs in his career against Kershaw.

But the Diamondbacks, having lost three of four, have struggled to avoid big innings for opponents. The Dodgers scored three, five and three runs in three separate innings on Saturday.

Lovullo said he sees his team pressing, with individuals trying to do too much because they want to win badly.

"That's not the way baseball works. Everything's linked, everything's connected. We've just got to get to that point of relaxation and then execution," Lovullo said.

The pregame work ethic has been there and the practice habits are good, but it has to translate to the field, Lovullo explained.

"We're going to get this thing turned around. I'm a firm believer in that," he said. "Even though we're grinding right now, we're going to continue to do so until we get it right."

The Diamondbacks on Saturday optioned one of their promising young players, utility man Josh Rojas, to their alternate training site and called up infielder-outfielder Andy Young, who has yet to make his big league debut.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 2, 2020

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