The club's main offensive weapon against AL teams this year is on the disabled list. Joc Pederson has five of his 13 home runs against American League pitchers this season, hitting .310 (9-for-29) also with two doubles, four walks and nine RBI.
Other Dodgers who have hit well against the other league in 2016 include Trayce Thompson, 7-for-24 (.290) with three home runs, a double and three walks; Chase Utley, 10-for-26 (.385) with a double and six walks (.500 on-base percentage); and Corey Seager, 11-for-33 (.333) with three doubles, a home run and four walks.
Seager carries a 16-game hitting streak into Monday's game, hitting .415/.445/.662 during the streak, tied for the third-longest hitting streak by a Los Angeles Dodgers rookie. The only LA rookie streaks longer are by Tommy Davis (20 games, 1960) and Bill Sudakis (18 games, 1969).
Will Venable makes his third start for the Dodgers this season, and his first since rejoining the team on Friday. He has the most career experience against Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo among the Dodgers, going 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a home run, a triple and five walks, though he's just 1-for-7 (.143) with a triple and a walk against Gallardo since the start of 2014.
Justin Turner is 6-for-15 (.400) with a double against Gallardo, and Adrian Gonzalez is 5-for-21 (.238) with a home run and one of his 12 career triples.
The Orioles made a pair of roster moves before Monday's game. Pedro Alvarez, who has started 40 games at designated hitter this season, was placed on the bereavement list, with outfielder Dariel Alvarez recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
In addition, Baltimore swapped left-handed pitchers in its bullpen, optioning Ariel Miranda to Norfolk and calling up Jayson Aquino from Double-A Bowie.