PHOENIX — The Dodgers and Giants get together for the second and final time this spring, with an afternoon affair on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.
These two rivals won’t see each other for seven weeks after today’s game, not until a four-game series from April 24-27 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Clayton Kershaw makes his third start of spring on Tuesday, expected to go three innings against the Giants. Kershaw has done quite well against the Giants in his career — a 1.61 ERA over nine years — but he has also faced San Francisco nearly twice as much as any other pitcher in baseball over the last five seasons.
As noted by Jeff Sullivan to Grant Brisbee on a recent edition of the Effectively Wild podcast, from 2012-2016, Kershaw has thrown 184⅓ innings against the Giants -- with a 1.76 ERA in those 24 starts — eight more starts than any other pitcher in MLB. The next-closest in innings against the Giants over the last five years is Ian Kennedy with 96.
Also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers in the game are Luis Avilan, Grant Dayton, Adam Liberatore, Josh Fields and Steve Geltz.
Alex Wood is pitching a simulated game on the back fields today at Camelback Ranch, facing Trayce Thompson. Wood, whose schedule has lined up with Kershaw’s all spring, is expected to throw three innings.
Ross Stripling will pitch on Wednesday in Maryvale against the Brewers, a game started by Rich Hill.
With the off day looming Thursday, Brock Stewart will slot in next on Sunday against the Angels, following Hyun-jin Ryu.
Brandon Belt is in the lineup for San Francisco, batting cleanup. The lefty-batting Giants first baseman is 3-for-51 in his career against Kershaw, including 0 for his last 37 with 22 strikeouts and a walk during that span. Belt’s last hit against Kershaw was a single on July 29, 2012.
Time: 12:05 p.m. PT
Radio: 570 AM (“MLB.com” broadcast also available via Gameday Audio)