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Joc Pederson gets rare start against lefty in finale with Rays

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Joc Pederson gets a rare start against a left-handed pitcher in the Dodgers' interleague series finale against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Pederson bats seventh in center field against Matt Moore of the Rays, just the third time in 24 games against left-handed pitching in 2016 that Pederson has started. One of Pederson's previous two starts against a southpaw was on May 3 against Moore, against whom he hit a home run.

On the season, Pederson is 4-for-29 against left-handed pitching, hitting .138/.212/.276.

Chase Utley gets the day off at second base, with left fielder Howie Kendrick sliding into the leadoff spot. Chris Taylor starts at second base.

Adrian Gonzalez, hitting .244/.316/.337 in 95 plate appearances against left-handed pitching in 2016, moves down to fifth against Moore, with Scott Van Slyke hitting cleanup and playing right field, the sixth game in a row Yasiel Puig doesn't start.

Van Slyke is 8-for-26 with three doubles and a home run against southpaws this season, hitting .308/.379/.538.

A.J. Ellis starts at catcher for the 20th time in 24 games against a lefty this season, hitting .213/.315/.277 against them in 55 PA, compared to .176/.271/.243 in 87 PA against right-handed pitching.