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Joc Pederson gets first 2016 start vs. LHP in Rays opener

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Joc Pederson gets his first start against a left-handed starting pitcher this season, getting the call in center field against Matt Moore and the Rays in the opener of their two-game series at Tropicana Field.

Pederson sat in each of the first six games against a southpaw this season, and on the year has 70 of his 77 plate appearances (90.9 percent) have come against right-handed pitching. Pederson is 0-for-6 with a walk against lefties this season, after hitting .216/.297/.385 against them in 2015.

Trayce Thompson started in center field in the Dodgers' previous six games against lefties, and gets the call in left field on Tuesday night.

Pederson is one of just two left-handed hitters in the Dodgers' lineup against Moore, joining first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is in the midst of a career-worst-tying 0-for-20 stretch, though with four walks during that span.

Corey Seager sits for the fourth time against a left-hander this season, with Charlie Culberson at shortstop. Howie Kendrick gets the call at second base.

Kiké Hernandez is the Dodgers' first designated hitter of the season, and has been their best hitter against lefties this season. Hernandez is 8-for-20 (.400) with two home runs, two doubles and five walks against southpaws this season, but he is also hitless in his last nine at-bats against them (with four of the five walks during that span).

Hernandez since the beginning of 2015 is hitting .418/.482/.755 against left-handed pitchers, with 19 extra-base hits in 112 plate appearances.

Third baseman Evan Longoria has faced Scott Kazmir the most among the Rays, going 4-for-13 (.308) with a home run and two walks, including 3-for-5 with that home run last season.

Tim Beckham, getting the call at shortstop for the Rays, is 2-for-6 with a home run and a triple against Kazmir, while desginated hitter Brandon Guyer is 3-for-6. Leadoff man Logan Forysthe is 1-for-3 with three walks against Kazmir for a .667 on-base percentage.