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Dodgers shuffle starting rotation

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Stripling starts Thursday, followed by Norris, Anderson in Cincinnati

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As has been the case for a few weeks now, it’s tough to project the Dodgers starting rotation out more than a couple of days. On Sunday, manager Dave Roberts said Bud Norris would start the series finale on Thursday, but now that has been altered.

Roberts said before Tuesday’s game against the Phillies that Norris would be pushed to Friday against the Reds, with Ross Stripling starting Thursday in Philadelphia. Both will be starting on five days rest.

Brett Anderson left his Sunday start with a mild left wrist sprain after giving up five runs in one inning. He will prepare for Saturday in Cincinnati with a bullpen session in Philadelphia.

Moving Norris to Friday also allows the Dodgers to keep nine relief pitchers for an extra game, as Norris will be activated from the disabled list when he makes his start.