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Dodgers look for starters to go deep

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Having pitching coach Rick Honeycutt call down to the bullpen later in the game would be better for the Dodgers.
Having pitching coach Rick Honeycutt call down to the bullpen later in the game would be better for the Dodgers.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers look for a series split on Sunday against the Rockies, and look for their starters to go deeper into games.

The Dodgers are averaging 5.85 innings per start this season, sixth in the National League. But outside of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw the staff simply hasn't lasted very long in their starts.

With 21 starts of six innings or more, the Dodgers are tied for ninth in the NL. But Greinke and Kershaw account for 15 of those outings in their 16 combined starts. The other starting pitchers have lasted at least six innings just six times in 20 starts, averaging 5.32 innings per start.

Mike Bolsinger has come up just short in both of his starts for the Dodgers, though he has pitched well, allowing one run in 5⅔ innings in each start this season.

The Dodgers after going all right-handed against Saturday's buzz saw matchup against Jorge De La Rosa are back to their relatively normal lineup again on Sunday, with regular left-handers Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier returning to the starting lineup, and switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal back at catcher.

Justin Turner mans third base today, and has been a regular part of the lineup this month. This is Turner's 10th start in 16 May games, including eight starts at the hot corner. So far this month Turner is hitting .303/.439/.727 with four home runs, six walks and 12 RBI.

Alex Guerrero gets the start in left field for a second straight game, his ninth start at the position this season. Sunday is his 12th start in the last 20 games.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA