Dodgers vs. Marlins: Paul Maholm starts middle game

Thearon W. Henderson

The Dodgers try to rebound from Friday's loss to the Marlins with Paul Maholm on the mound in Saturday evening's middle game of the series. Jacob Turner missed a month with a right shoulder sprain, but he was activated off the disabled list to start Saturday for Miami.

Southpaw reliever Dan Jennings was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans to make room on the Marlins' active roster for Turner.

Here are some notes heading into Saturday's game:

Maholm is 6-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 13 career starts against the Marlins, but since the beginning of 2012 he is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts, with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 32⅔ innings.

Of the five Marlins to face Maholm more than 10 plate appearances, four have had great success. Casey McGehee is 7-for-23 with a home run, a triple and four walks (.304/.407/.522) against Maholm, and Jeff Baker is 8-for-20 (.400) with four doubles. Reed Johnson is 8-for-15 (.533) with three doubles and a walk, and Giancarlo Stanton is 3-for-6 with two doubles, four walks and a hit by pitch. Donovan Solano is 2-for-13 (.154) with a triple against the left-hander.

Turner has only faced the Dodgers once in his career, allowing 10 hits and five walks in five innings in a no-decision in 2013, with four runs allowed and no strikeouts.

Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe are all 2-for-3 against Turner, Gonzalez with a double. Carl Crawford is 1-for-3 against Turner, Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-3, and Maholm is 0-for-2. No other Dodgers have faced Turner.

The Marlins are 7-1 against left-handed starters this season.

At 13-4, Miami owns the best home record in baseball.

The Dodgers at 11-4 own the third-best road record in baseball.

The Dodgers' best inning this year has been the fourth, outscoring opponents 15-5.

Their worst inning has been the ninth, getting outscored 21-7.

Dee Gordon leads the majors with 16 stole bases, a four-steal lead over Eric Young Jr. entering play Saturday.

Adrian Gonzalez leads the National League with nine home runs.

The Dodgers have had the league leaders in both homers and steals just once in their history. In 1903, Jimmy Sheckard paced the majors with 67 stolen bases, tied with the Cubs' Frank Chance, and also led the NL with nine home runs.

Hanley Ramirez is tied for the major league lead with 12 doubles.

The Dodgers are second in the majors in doubles (64), tied for fourth in triples (seven), and second in extra-base hits (101). They are also tied for sixth in walks (103) and lead in steals (34).

Game info

Time: 4:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

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