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Cody Bellinger bats 8th, starts in LF in MLB debut

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Workouts Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Bellinger gets the start in left field and will bat eighth for the Dodgers in his major league debut on Tuesday night against the Giants at AT&T Park.

Bellinger gets the start against the left-handed Ty Blach, who is making his first start of the season against the Giants.

The left-handed Bellinger is 2-for-9 with three strikeouts against left-handed pitchers this season. In 2016, with all but three games with Double-A Tulsa, Bellinger hit .284/.348/.578 against southpaws, with eight home runs in 112 plate appearances.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
CF Hernandez RF Pence
SS Seager (L) 3B Arroyo
3B Turner LF Nunez
RF Puig 1B Posey
1B Gonzalez (L) SS Crawford (L)
C Grandal (S) C Hundley
2B Taylor 2B Panik (L)
LF Bellinger (L) CF Stubbs
P Kershaw (L) P Blach
Time: 7:15 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

At 21 years, 286 days old, Bellinger is the youngest Dodgers outfielder to make his major league debut since Matt Kemp (21 years, 247 days) on May 28, 2006. Bellinger is the youngest left fielder to debut since Karim Garcia (19 years, 308 days) on Sept. 2, 1995.

Against Blach, Kiké Hernandez gets the start in center field and Chris Taylor at second base.

Hernandez is 6-for-23 (.239) against southpaws, but all six hits are for extra bases — three doubles, two home runs, and a triple -- giving him a .739 slugging percentage, plus four walks for a .370 on-base percentage.

Taylor is 3-for-5 with a double against lefties in his limited time this season with the Dodgers, and is 5-for-9 overall with a home run and two doubles. He drove in the Dodgers’ only run in Monday night’s game, with a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter.

Brandon Belt, 3-for-51 in his career against Clayton Kershaw and without a hit against him since 2012, sits for the Giants, with Buster Posey shifting to first base. Nick Hundley starts behind the plate for San Francisco.