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Dodgers look to even the series with Clayton Kershaw on the mound

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers will look to rebound from a tough 15-inning loss, sending to the mound one of the four players on the roster to not make an appearance Monday. Clayton Kershaw will make his second start of the year against a Diamondbacks team he dominated last season.

Kershaw allowed just one run in 15 13 innings against the snakes in 2017, winning both starts at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander hasn’t started a game in Chase Field since June of 2016.

The ballpark has been somewhat difficult for Kershaw over the years. In 12 career starts within those walls, the man who owns a 2.36 lifetime ERA has yielded a 3.75 ERA, allowing 38 runs (31 earned) in 74 1/3 innings. In fact, the Dodgers have lost six of the past eight Kershaw starts at Chase Field in the regular season.

It’s never a worry with the Dodgers ace in control but the team could use some length from their lefty tonight after every arm in the bullpen was used.

Arizona will counter with Zack Godley in his season debut. The right-hander found a home in the Dbacks rotation in 2017, turning in 25 starts with a 3.37 ERA. The Dodgers lost two of the three games Godley started against them last season.

Chris Taylor is back at the top of the lineup Tuesday after not starting Monday. Even without the start, Taylor played a nine-inning game after he entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth and made five trips to the plate.

Starting Lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Dbacks
Pos Dodgers Pos Dbacks
CF Taylor LF Peralta (L)
SS Seager (L) SS Marte (S)
RF Puig 1B Goldschmidt
1B Bellinger (L) CF Pollock
LF Kemp RF Owings
2B Hernandez 2B Descalso (L)
3B Forsythe 3B Marrero
C Barnes C Murphy
P Kershaw (L) P Godley

Austin Barnes will make his second start of the year behind the plate. It was probably going to happen anyway but it was a definite after Yasmani Grandal caught all 15 innings Monday.

The Dodgers made a roster move ahead of Tuesday’s game, calling on Zach Neal as a fresh arm for the bullpen while Josh Fields is on the paternity list.

Game info

Time: 6:40 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA