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Dodgers relying heavily on reserves

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LOS ANGELES -- As the Dodgers and Giants battle again on Tuesday night, I have officially run out of game preview ideas.

Sure, I could talk about Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner pitching against one another, but they just did that last week. It kind of feels like overkill.

We will likely hear news on Carl Crawford's tight right side later Tuesday, but given the nature of side injuries he'll be out for some time at the very least. That means the Dodgers will have to turn to their depth, which to date has been insanely productive.

Alex Guerrero homered on Sunday in San Diego, Scott Van Slyke drove in a run on Monday. Both will likely be in the lineup against the left-handed Bumgarner.

Justin Turner hit a three-run home run on Monday, and Andre Ethier has been productive all year.

So I cede this normal game preview time to simply appreciate the depth the Dodgers have, and the crazy hot start by the reserves. To Baseball-Reference:

It's not often you will see something like that. Those seven players, counting catcher A.J. Ellis, Chris Heisey and Darwin Barney, have hit a combined .324/.389/.612 this season, with nine home runs, 11 doubles, 28 RBI and 22 runs scored in 157 plate appearances.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network