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Will Venable makes first start as a Dodger in opener with Brewers

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Will Venable makes his first start with the Dodgers in their series opener against the Brewers on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, just two days after he signed with the team.

Venable plays right field, batting eighth for the Dodgers, who have own eight of their last 10 games. Venable is a career .256/.324/.421 hitter against right-handed pitching.

He appeared in one of his first two games with the Dodgers, grounding out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night.

Justin Turner gets the night off on Thursday after starting the last nine games, his longest string of starts in 2016. Howie Kendrick gets the start at third base, batting fifth.

Rehabbing Quakes

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga starts a three-game series in San Jose on Thursday night but the games will have a major league feel. Brandon McCarthy will start Thursday night's game, and is expected to pitch three innings and roughly 50 pitches, in his second minor league rehab start.

Hyun-jin Ryu starts Friday for the Quakes, expected to pitch four innings and throw approximately 60 pitches.

Yasiel Puig, who played two games in right field with Rancho Cucamonga on Monday and Tuesday, is expected to play three games with the Quakes through Saturday before returning to the Dodgers, possibly for activation from the disabled list on Monday.