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A.J. Ellis, Kiké Hernandez start for Dodgers; Carlos Gonzalez sits vs. Clayton Kershaw

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers open their series at Coors Field against the Rockies with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, and A.J. Ellis catching him behind the plate.

This is the eighth time in 11 Kershaw starts with Ellis behind the plate.

Kiké Hernandez gets the call in the very spacious left field at Coors Field, his second start in left field and fifth start in the outfield this season. Hernandez has also started four times at shortstop.

Hernandez and his rally banana are featured by Matthew Mesa for Dodger Insider.

Carlos Gonzalez, 6-for-33 (.182) with two home runs and 17 strikeouts in his career against Kershaw, gets the night off on Monday. Old friend Rafael Ynoa starts in left field, and Brandon Barnes in right field for the Rockies.

Rockies roster move

Colorado before the game placed pitcher Jordan Lyles on the 15-day disabled list with an injured toe, and recalled relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Albuquerque. In addition, David Hale will be called up Tuesday as the 26th man to start in the second game of the doubleheader, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.