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Dodgers try to head into All-Star break on a high note

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The Dodgers close out their first half trying to win their four-game series against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, trying to head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.

It's not really the halfway point, as Sunday marks the 91st game of the season, with 71 remaining. Should the Dodgers win on Sunday they will be 51-40 for the third season in a row.

A win on Sunday could also give Kenley Jansen a chance at another save. At 26 saves to date this season, Jansen is one shy of his most before an All-Star break, set in 2014. But two years ago the Dodgers played an absurd 97 games before the break, and Jansen through 91 team games that year had 26.

The only Dodger with more saves before the All-Star break is Eric Gagne, who saved 32 games before the break in 2002 (in 88 team games) and 31 games in 2003 (in 93games).

But first things first. Kenta Maeda will be on the mound to start on Sunday, making his 18th start of the season, five days after his last start.

In eight starts with extra rest (seven times with five days rest, once with seven days), Maeda is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA, with a 23.7-percent strikeout rate, a 7.9-percent walk rate, three home runs allowed, and four quality starts.

In nine starts with regular four days rest, Maeda is 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA, with a 24.1-percent strikeout rate, 7.9-percent walk rate, six home runs allowed, and five quality starts.

Maeda is 3⅓ innings away from 100 on the season, which would trigger a $250,000 bonus for the right-hander.

Christian Friedrich starts for the Padres, as the Dodgers try to even their record this season (9-10) in games started by opposing left-handed pitchers.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA