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Dodgers are 8-1 in interleague play this season

Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dodgers get their first look at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, with their weekend series against the Rangers.

It’s not to be confused with Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ old home, where the Dodgers were 9-6 in interleague play, including winning both games in their last trip there in 2018. That stadium had many names, including The Ballpark in Arlington and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in games the Dodgers played there.

“It’s a beautiful ballpark. The turf, the playing surface is comparable, pretty similar to Arizona,” manager Dave Roberts said on a conference call Friday. “The outfield is quirky, the wall and left center field. In center field, right center, there’s some nooks and crannies there.

Dodgers-Rangers lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Rangers
Pos Dodgers Pos Rangers
RF Betts DH Choo (L)
DH Seager (L) 2B Solak
3B Turner C Trevino
CF Bellinger (L) RF Gallo (L)
LF Pollock 3B Frazier
SS Taylor 1B Dietrich (L)
1B Muncy (L) SS Kiner-Falefa
C Smith LF Heineman
2B Hernández CF Taveras (S)
Dustin May vs. Mike Minor on the mound

“It’s playing bigger than people have expected. So I think that that’s probably why some of the home run numbers for the home team are down.”

There have been 24 home runs hit in 16 games at Globe Life Field this season, including only seven by the Rangers. But in Texas road games, 39 home runs have been hit. Rangers games have averaged 7.94 runs in Texas, and 10.21 runs on the road.

Texas has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

The Rangers are dead last in MLB in runs scored (3.6 per game), wRC+ (62) and offensive fWAR (-1.6), and 29th in OPS+ (71). They are last in batting average (.208), 29th in on-base percentage (.286) and slugging percentage (.337), and 28th in home runs (24).

Texas has scored no more than four runs in any of their last 10 games, including nine total runs in the last five games.

Dustin May faces that lineup, while Mike Minor starts for Texas.

The roof will be closed for this game, per the Rangers.

Roster move

The Rangers had two lineup scratches. Danny Santana was set to start at first base, but was placed on the injured list with a right elbow sprain. Rougned Odor was scratched with a right eye infection.

Texas recalled Ronald Guzman to take Santana’s place on the roster. In the lineup, Nick Solak moved from left field to second base for Odor, Derek Dietrich now starts at first base, and Scott Heineman starts in left field.

Game info

Time: 5:05 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA