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Dodgers add to starter count in finale with Angels

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LOS ANGELES -- After the Dodgers unleashes their two aces against the Angels on Friday and Saturday, Los Angeles goes for the sweep on Sunday with newcomer Mat Latos in his Dodgers debut.

Latos will be the 15th different pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers in 2015. Alex Wood will be No. 16 on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Both were acquired in a three-team, 13-player trade on Thursday from the Marlins and Braves, respectively.

The only Dodgers team in franchise history to use more starting pitchers than the 14 used so far this year was in 1944, when the team went through 19 starters during World War II.

In 1944, the Dodgers didn't use its 15th pitcher (Tom Sunkel) until Game No. 109, and No. 16 (Art Herring) was used in the 114th game.

Sunday is the Dodgers' 105th game of this season.

Latos will be starting on six days rest, having allowed three runs in six innings last Sunday in San Diego. It was the fourth straight quality start for Latos, who during that span has a 2.08 ERA with 23 strikeouts and three walks in 26 innings.

Latos has averaged 6.52 innings in his seven starts since his return from the disabled list with left knee inflammation in June.

The Angels will counter with Cory Rasmus starting on Sunday, in what appears to be a bullpen game for the Halos. Rasmus, who was just recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, pitched one inning of relief on Friday night, striking out three in a scoreless seventh frame while striking out three.

All 10 of Rasmus' appearances in Triple-A this season were in relief, with the longest one at 2⅓ innings. He made six starts down the stretch for the Angels in 2014, but never lasted more than four innings.

The Dodgers have beaten the Angels five straight times, dating back to 2014, but they have swept the Halos in a three-game series only once in 28 tries. That came in 2006, when the Dodgers outscored the Angels 31-7 in three games at Dodger Stadium from May 19-21.

Andre Ethier, then a rookie in his third week in the major leagues, was 7-for-13 with two home runs and six RBI during the sweep, including a career-high five hits in the series opener. Ethier didn't start either of the first two games of the series with southpaws on the mound, but figures to return to the lineup for the Sunday finale.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West