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Kiké Hernández and Austin Barnes in series finale lineup

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Dodgers take on Giants on Sunday Night Baseball

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers will try to add on to their major league best 24-10 record against left-handed starters. For today, Austin Barnes will catch and bat sixth and Kiké Hernandez is in center field and bat seventh.

Hernández has had success against Madsion Bumgarner, in 25 plate appearances, he’s hitting .500/.520/1.042 with three home runs. Barnes has had only one at-bat against Bumgarner but he has hit .258/.372/.545 against left-handed pitching this season and five of his six home runs are against left-handed pitchers.

Yasiel Puig is also in the lineup, in 39 plate appearances against Bumgarner, he’s hit .286/.359/.514 with two home runs.

Before today’s game, manager Dave Roberts was talking about the fine play of his team and he was asked that if games like today where the Dodgers are facing Madison Bumgarner helps amp up the team when they are on run like this one.

“It’s always a nice test, but I think with our guys,” Roberts said, “regardless of who we are playing, what pitcher we’re facing, there needs to be a bit of focus and intensity, obviously when you are facing one of the game’s best, individually and as a team, it brings up that focus more but I still like to believe that regardless of who we are facing, we have that same intensity.”

Starting lineups

Pos Giants Pos Dodgers
Pos Giants Pos Dodgers
CF Span (L) LF Taylor
2B Panik (L) SS Seager (L)
RF Pence 3B Turner
C Posey 1B Bellinger (L)
SS Crawford (L) 2B Forsythe
3B Hwang C Barnes
1B Belt (L) CF Hernandez
LF Hernandez RF Puig
P Bumgarner P Ryu
Time: 5:05 p.m. TV: ESPN

Player updates

Both Andre Ethier and Adrián González took live batting practice before today’s game and Roberts was able to take a good look at their progress.

“Andre took batting practice and looked really good, moving the ball around the field, I was looking at the intensity and he was kind of letting go a bit which was good to see.”

“Adrián did the same thing,” Roberts said, “and also had a simulated situation, he took nine at bats, finished with a homer, I think with Adrián, it is the same with Andre, seeing the aggressive swings and seeing pitches come out for the first time live so that was a good situation for both guys.”

Roberts also confirmed that yesterday’s move to put González on the 60-day disabled list would not change the plans to send him out on a rehab assignment later this week.

Roberts talks to outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez everyday and says he is progressing.

“Franklin is doing fine, he is coming around,” Roberts said, “he feels good physically, I ask him everyday how is doing, as you can see he’s been active taking batting practice, taking fly balls and things like that.”

“I don’t know when we will be able to drop him in, I do know that he is going to continue to try and stay healthy,” Roberts said, “but he will come back at some point to help us out.”