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Dodgers face a hot Phillies team

Philadelphia has won 6 straight heading into LA

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Maikel Franco and Yasiel Puig are two of seven National League players to play every inning so far in 2017.
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The Dodgers on Friday night welcome to town a Phillies team that has won six straight games, having allowed just 18 runs over those last six contests.

Jerad Eickhoff gets the start for the Phillies, looking for his first win despite a 2.55 ERA in four starts. The right-hander has 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 24 innings this season, and Philadelphia has scored 11 total runs in those starts, including just three with Eickhoff still in the game.

He faced the Dodgers once in 2016, striking out eight in six innings in a no-decision on Aug. 18, allowing four runs. Eickhoff allowed two home runs in that start, one to Justin Turner and one to Yasmani Grandal.

Starting lineups

Pos Phillies Pos Dodgers
Pos Phillies Pos Dodgers
2B Hernandez (S) CF Toles
SS Galvis (S) SS Seager (L)
CF Herrera (L) 3B Turner
3B Franco 1B Gonzalez (L)
RF Saunders (L) C Grandal (S)
LF Altherr 2B Utley (L)
1B Joseph LF Bellinger (L)
C Rupp RF Hernandez
P Eickhoff P Maeda
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

The Dodgers will miss old friend Howie Kendrick this weekend. The veteran is hitting .333/.395/.487 with four doubles and a triple in 10 games, but is currently on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

Chase Utley is just 3-for-34 (.088) this season, but is coming off a series against the Giants that saw him go 2-for-6 with two walks, including snapping an 0-for-28 skid on Wednesday.

Utley starts at second on Friday against his former team. In 2016, he was 6-for-26 (.231) with two walks and three home runs and six RBI against the Phillies. Two of those home runs, including a grand slam, came in his first game back in Philadelphia last Aug. 16.

Utley homered in the first game of both Dodgers series against the Phillies last season.

Yasiel Puig gets a rare night off for the Dodgers on Friday, with Kiké Hernandez starting in right field.

Puig was the only Dodger to start every game this season. In fact, Puig has played every inning so far in 2017, as has Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco.

Those two are part of a group of only seven National Leguers to play every inning for their team this season, joining Charlie Blackmon, Kris Bryant, Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, and Christian Yelich. Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez was a part of this group before not starting on Sunday.