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Julio Urias gets the call for Dodgers' finale with Nationals

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The Dodgers go for a series win on Thursday morning, sending Julio Urias to the mound in their series finale against the Nationals.

It is unknown how long Urias is expected to last, but given his switch to the bullpen to conserve innings while in the minors he has barely pitched in the last two-plus weeks. Urias last pitched for the Dodgers on July 4, and since getting optioned pitched only one inning for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

That one inning came on July 10, meaning Urias is on 10 days rest entering this Thursday start.

How long he stays during this major league stint is anyone's guess, but since the Dodgers have off days on July 26, July 29 and Aug. 1 the club doesn't necessarily need a fifth starter again until Aug. 6.

Urias faced the Nationals on June 22 at Dodger Stadium, allowing two runs in five innings in a no-decision, with six strikeouts and a walk.

The Dodgers missed out on Stephen Strasburg in Los Angeles, when he was scratched with an upper back strain. Since returning from the disabled list, Strasburg has allowed two total runs in three starts, totaling 21⅔ innings, with 20 strikeouts and nine walks.

Strasburg has won all three of those starts, and the Nationals have won 16 of his 17 starts. In the one loss, Strasburg struck out 10 against the Reds in a no-decision on June 4.

At 13-0, Strasburg has the longest National League win streak to start a season since Rube Marquard set the modern major league record with an 19-0 start in 1912.

Strasburg has faced the Dodgers four times in his career — once each year from 2011-2014 — and allowed a total of just five runs in 26⅓ innings, with 25 strikeouts and three walks. But the Dodgers have won three of those four games, thanks in part to never getting more than three runs of support.

Game info

Time: 9:05 a.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network