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Cody Bellinger gets rare rest day

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Cody Bellinger has been almost literally an everyday fixture in the Dodgers lineup since his arrival in the majors on Apr. 25, but he is out of Thursday night’s starting lineup in the series finale against the Diamondbacks.

Bellinger is in a slump, going 5-for-33 (.152) without a home run in his last nine games and 39 plate appearances. He sits against Diamondbacks All-Star left-hander Robbie Ray.

Starting lineups

Pos D-backs Pos Dodgers
Pos D-backs Pos Dodgers
CF Pollock 2B Forsythe
RF Peralta (L) SS Seager (L)
1B Goldschmidt 3B Turner
SS Owings LF Taylor
C Iannetta C Barnes
2B Drury 1B Hernandez
3B Lamb (L) RF Puig
LF Fuentes (L) CF Thompson
P Ray (L) P Hill (L)
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

Since Bellinger was called up from Triple-A, the Dodgers are 48-18 (.727), and Bellinger has started 64 games, including each of the last 27 contests.

The other two times that Bellinger wasn’t in the lineup, he ended up playing anyway, inserted later in the game in some capacity.

Bellinger batted cleanup for the Dodgers in each of the last 22 games, but on Thursday those duties fall on Chris Taylor, his first career start batting fourth. This season, Taylor will have now started at every batting order position, one through eight, and he has 39 career starts batting ninth.

Taylor is hitting .339/.431/.518 against left-handed pitching in 2017.

With Bellinger out, Corey Seager is the lone left-hander in the Dodgers lineup, with the usual suspects sprinkled around -- Trayce Thompson starts in center field, and Austin Barnes is behind the plate.

Kiké Hernandez starts at first base, his third game and second start at the position this season.