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Clayton Kershaw makes penultimate spring start vs. White Sox

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Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for what will be his final extended start of spring training, expected to pitch six innings or throw about 90-95 pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Thursday afternoon.

Kershaw threw 68 pitches in five innings in his last start, on Friday at HoHoKam Park against the Athletics, even staying in the game after getting hit in the face by a line drive in the third inning.

Brad Penny starts for the White Sox.

Kershaw's final spring start will be Wednesday with another extra day of rest, but a scaled-down affair that will only see him throw probably three innings or so.

That leaves the Freeway Series starts for Zack Greinke, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson.

Adam Liberatore, Joel Peralta, Chris Hatcher and Pedro Baez are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers on Thursday. Originally, Paco Rodriguez was listed to pitch Thursday, which would have been back-to-back days for the first time this spring, but Rodriguez will instead pitch in relief Friday night against the Giants.

To date, Hatcher and Peralta are the only two Dodgers relievers to pitch on back-to-back days.

J.P. Howell and Sergio Santos will join them on Thursday by pitching an inning apiece in a minor league game against the White Sox. Both pitched in Wednesday's game against the Padres. Chad Gaudin will pitch two innings in a minor league game, 15 pitches per inning, his first game action since tweaking his bicep on Saturday.

A.J. Ellis will play in a minor league game against the White Sox today on the back fields at Camelback Ranch, in an effort to get more plate appearances, as Carl Crawford did on Wednesday.