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Dodgers spring training: Schedule this week includes off day, ESPN telecast

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Clayton Kershaw’s next spring start falls on the day ESPN is in town.
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PHOENIX — The Dodgers start their last full week of big league camp in Arizona on Monday, and judging by the semi trailer parked in front of the organization’s building at Camelback Ranch this morning, the end of the 2017 Cactus League is in sight.

But first, here is a look at the schedule for this week, which includes the second off day of camp and ESPN broadcasting a game.

The week starts with a pair of games not on television, with Monday’s game at the Indians — the Dodgers’ first trip to Goodyear this spring — and Tuesday at home against the Brewers. Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu will start those games.

Wednesday is the second off day of Dodgers camp, clearing the stage for the World Baseball Classic championship game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, after semifinals on Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday marks an odd 4 p.m. start in Surprise against the Rangers, a game that will be televised by ESPN, with the ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ crew of Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone and Buster Olney on the call. That’s a game Clayton Kershaw is expected to start, getting an extra day of rest this time through the rotation after Wednesday’s off day.

Both weekend games — Saturday against the A’s at Camelback Ranch, and Sunday back in Surprise against the Rangers — are back on SportsNet LA, the final two broadcasts before the Freeway Series.

Here is the schedule for the week (all times PT):

Monday at Indians, 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday vs. Brewers, 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday off
Thursday at Rangers 4:05 p.m. (ESPN, 570 AM)
Friday vs. Diamondbacks, 1:05 p.m. (570 AM)
Saturday vs. A’s, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, 1020 AM)
Sunday at Rangers, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, 1020 AM)

World Baseball Classic

Monday: Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tuesday: United States vs. Japan, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
Wednesday: Championship game, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)