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Dodgers vs. Braves: Struggling pitchers face off in Atlanta

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers go for a third straight win on Tuesday night against the Braves, and their lineup is a little different against left-handed Atlanta starter Mike Minor.

The red-hot Adrian Gonzalez, with five consecutive games with multiple hits and at least one run batted in, gets a day of rest against the only left-handed pitcher the Dodgers face in a 10-day period. Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 113 starts this season.

Scott Van Slyke gets the start at first base, his sixth start there this season.

Dee Gordon, hitting .263/.293/.326 since the All-Star break and .214/.233/.238 in August, gets another day off, his third in the last 10 games. Darwin Barney makes his first start as a Dodger, at second base batting eighth.

That opens up the leadoff position for Carl Crawford, 5-for-8 in his last two games and 8-for-21 (.381) on the road trip. Crawford is essentially entrenched in left field now, starting there for the 17th time in 21 games.

In addition, with Van Slyke subbing for different people in different games, this is Crawford's third start in the Dodgers' last six games against a left-handed pitcher. He is 2-for-5 with a double and a walk against Minor.

Dan Haren gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to build off his last start. He allowed one run on three hits while pitching into the eighth inning against the Angels in Anaheim, directly following a five-start losing streak with a 10.03 ERA.

But he is not the only starter on Tuesday in Atlanta with recent struggles.

Minor was skipped his last time through the rotation after being mostly terrible for over seven weeks. In his last 10 starts Minor allowed 44 runs in 54 innings (a 7.33 ERA), including 12 home runs and 104 runners reaching base, nearly two per inning.

In his last start against the Dodgers, Minor allowed one run and pitched into the seventh with five strikeouts in a win in Game 2 of the NLDS in Atlanta.

Haren hasn't faced the Braves this season, but with Washington in 2013 put up a 1.20 ERA in three games, including two starts, with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 15 innings.

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is still out with an ankle injury, his sixth straight game out of the lineup for Atlanta. Emilio Bonifacio gets the start at shortstop for Atlanta, batting leadoff.