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Dodgers go with road warriors in finale with Giants

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Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
Chris Taylor is one of just five Dodgers with an .800 OPS on the road so far in 2017.
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The Dodgers go for a split of their four-game series against the Giants, in search of some offense in the road gray uniforms on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

So far this season the Dodgers are averaging 3.25 runs per game on the road, hitting just .231/.309/.351. Which has contributed to their 4-8 record away from home.

At Dodger Stadium, for comparison, the Dodgers are 6-4, averaging 5.2 runs per game while hitting .259/.356/.441.

There are only a handful of Dodgers with even an .800 OPS on the road in the small sample of this season to date, but all of them are in the lineup today.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
CF Hernandez RF Pence
SS Seager (L) LF Belt (L)
3B Turner SS Nunez
RF Puig 1B Posey
2B Taylor 3B Arroyo
C Barnes C Hundley
1B Van Slyke 2B Tomlinson
LF Bellinger (L) CF Hernandez
P Urias (L) P Moore (L)
Time: 12:45 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

Austin Barnes is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles, a triple, and a walk. He starts at catcher in the series finale, giving Yasmani Grandal a day off with the day game after a night game.

Kiké Hernandez is 4-for-16 with a home run, a double, and two walks, hitting .250/.333/.500. He starts in center field against southpaw Giants starter Matt Moore.

Fellow right-hander Chris Taylor gets the call at second base on Thursday. He’s 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run and a walk on the road so far.

Corey Seager has anchored the Dodgers lineup so far, and was 2-for-5 with a home run on Wednesday night. On the road this season, he is hitting .341/.396/.614 with three home runs and eight RBI in 12 games.

Justin Turner has a 12-game hitting streak going, including a 3-for-5 night Wednesday. He’s hitting .341/.408/.409 on the road this season, with three of his National League-leading nine doubles.

Who’s on first?

The other lineup change on Thursday is Scott Van Slyke getting the call at first base, the fifth time in 23 games that Adrian Gonzalez isn’t starting. Gonzalez is hitting .250/.333/.319 on the season with five doubles and no home runs.

Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that the elbow tendinitis Gonzalez dealt with during spring training has been an issue, but not enough to send Gonzalez to the first disabled list stint of his career.

Gonzalez started 148 games in 2016, tied for his fewest starts in the last 11 seasons, and didn’t sit for a fifth time last year until May 20, the Dodgers’ 43rd game.

In each of the first four times Gonzalez didn’t start in 2017, he ended up playing at some point anyway. He is one of three Dodgers to play all 22 games this season, along with Seager and Yasiel Puig.

Game info

Time: 12:45 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA