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Dodgers stick with same lineup vs. Reds

LA facing rookie in first 5 MLB games for a ninth time in 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Dodgers will send out their same lineup for a fourth consecutive game on Friday night against the Reds at Great American Ballpark, the longest run LA has used with the same batting order in 2016.

That group will face Tim Adleman, making his fifth major league start for the Reds. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.72 ERA in his four starts, with 16 strikeouts and nine walks in 19⅓ innings.

In 10 starts with Triple-A Louisville this season, Adleman put up a 2.38 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 10 walks in 56⅔ innings.

Adleman was drafted by the Orioles in the 24th round in 2010.

He is the ninth pitcher this season to face the Dodgers in one of his first five major league appearances. The Dodgers have split those previous eight games, but they have punished the rookie pitchers to the tune of 31 runs on 52 hits in 36⅔ innings (a 7.36 ERA).

The only two Reds to face Bud Norris more than six plate appearances are second baseman Brandon Phillips — 6-for-21 (.273) with a home run and two walks — and first baseman Joey Votto — 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, a home run and three walks.

Norris has allowed only two stolen bases since joining the Dodgers, and runners are 12-for-13 in steal attempts against him all season. He will have to account for Billy Hamilton, who leads the majors with 52 steals this season, and doing so at an 88-percent clip.

Like most of the Reds, Hamilton has heated up since the All-Star break, hitting .322/.391/.383. But the most amazing thing since the break is that Hamilton has 30 steals (in 33 attempts) in 30 games.

Hamilton has 17 steals so far in August. Since 2000, only three players have stolen 20 bases in a single month — Jose Reyes (23 in Aug. 2007), Carl Crawford (21 in May 2009) and Dee Gordon (21 in May 2014).