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Dodgers activate Alex Wood, Brian Dozier back in lineup

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The Dodgers on Tuesday activated Alex Wood as he makes his 23rd start of the year. John Axford was placed on the DL with a fractured right fibula.

Wood has been excellent since mid-June, going 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts. The lefty has the task of snapping a four-game losing streak for the Dodgers who could really use a win.

In two starts this season, Wood has allowed five runs in 11 23 innings against the Giants. But the first game of Wood’s turnaround this season happened when he held the Giants to one run over 5 23 innings at Dodger Stadium on June 16.

There is no official timetable for Axford’s return, but the team thinks it will be at least two to three weeks.

The Dodgers and Giants will meet for the 15th time this year tonight, with Los Angeles trailing the season series 6-8. The clubs have faced off eight times at Dodger Stadium in 2018, with the series at the Ravine tied at 4-4.

In those eight games, the Dodger pitching staff has allowed 12 earned runs and have posted a 1.50 ERA, which according to Stats LLC., is the second best mark in the Major Leagues by any team at home against any single opponent this season (min. five games).

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Brian Dozier is back in the lineup Tuesday after he was removed Monday with dizziness. The second baseman spoke to media before the game and blamed it on taking a Zyrtec before the game due to sinus issues. All tests came back clear.

Ross Stripling has a sore back and may not be available out of the bullpen tonight. Kenta Maeda is supposed to be available tomorrow but the Dodgers could get him into the game tonight.

Julio Urias will pitch for Rancho again on Wednesday night. The team wants him to get up and down in between innings a total of three times, meaning he is scheduled for two innings plus one batter in the next inning.

And this on Kenley Jansen: