Dodgers vs. White Sox pregame notes

Stephen Dunn

The Dodgers are 17-9 against the American league since the start of 2013.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers go for a second straight win on Tuesday night against the White Sox at Dodger Stadium, looking to improve to 6-1 in interleague play. Here are some notes heading into the middle game of the series.

Since the start of 2013, the Dodgers are 17-9 against the American League, the best interleague record among National League teams during that span.

The Dodgers are 26-6 (.813) when they score at least four runs this season, and have won their last seven such games. The rest of the majors is 652-220 (.748) when scoring at least four runs.

When scoring five or more runs in a game, the Dodgers are 22-2 (.917), including five straight wins. The rest of the majors is 517-127 (.803) in those games.

Dan Haren, starting Tuesday night for the Dodgers, is straddling the fine line of having thrown a team-leading nine quality starts in 11 outings but has also allowed at least three runs in nine consecutive starts.

Hector Noesi, starting for the White Sox, is pitching for his third team in 2014 and still in search of his first win. The only two Dodgers who have faced him are Adrian Gonzalez, who is 1-for-5 with a walk, and Drew Butera, who is 0-for-1.

Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu hit his 16th home run in his 45th game on Monday, joining Wally Berger (17 in 1938) and Wally Joyner (16 in 1986) as the only players in major league history with at least 16 home runs in their first 45 career games.

Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has 100 career steals, and stole his 100th base Friday in his 233rd career game. Among players to debut after 1914, per STATS LLC, only Vince Coleman (135 career games), Tim Raines (162 games), Rickey Henderson (220 games) and Alan Wiggins (228 games) reached 100 steals faster than Gordon.

Chone Figgins, getting the start Tuesday night at third base, is hitting .280/.455/.360 (7-for-25, seven walks, HBP) as a left-handed batter this season.

Chad Billingsley threw roughly 35 pitches in a simulated game today, and manager Don Mattingly said the right-hander will throw a bullpen session before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment.

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