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Julio Urias makes his 10th start on Monday for the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have played 18 of their 20 scheduled opponents already this season, and No. 19 comes to town with the Phillies in Los Angeles for a three-game series beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

The other team on the 2016 schedule the Dodgers haven’t played yet is the Yankees, who they play from Sept. 12-14 in New York.

The Dodgers and Phillies should be familiar with one another soon, with six games over the next 11 days, including three games next week in Philadelphia.

Julio Urias gets the call on Monday, his first start since July 21, with 11 total innings in the majors and minors in the previous 34 days.

Urias on Monday is making his 10th start, four days before his 20th birthday. He’ll be the fourth pitcher since 1980 to make 10 starts as a teenager, joining Dwight Gooden (31 starts in 1984), Felix Hernandez (13 in 2005-06) and Ed Nuñez (10 in 1982-83).

Old friend Zach Eflin has allowed 13 runs in his last two starts, matching the total from his previous seven starts combined.

Eflin in the majors has a 12.2-percent strikeout rate and a 5.9-percent walk rate.

Urias in the majors has a 26.4-percent strikeout rate and a 9.3-percent walk rate.

Speaking of old friends, Chase Utley will face his old team for the first time. Utley on the season is hitting .250/.327/.372, though since the beginning of June has hit just .218/.286/.304 in 47 games.

Utley has received regular rest this season, especially lately. After starting 40 of the first 53 games (75.5%), Utley has started 40 of the last 58 games (68.9%), including non-starts on Saturday and Sunday against left-handed pitchers.

The Dodgers face six right-handed pitchers this week, including Eflin and all three Phillies starters, so expect Utley to get his chances against his old team.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA