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Dodgers-Rangers preview: Clayton Kershaw vs. Mike Foltynewicz in opener

LA is 7-5 in interleague play in 2021, 2-0 at home

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw, in his only career start against the Rangers, on June 17, 2015. He faces Texas on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The top two winners in Globe Life Field history meet up for the only time in 2021, with the Rangers visiting the Dodgers for three games beginning Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas will forever be etched in Dodgers fans hearts, as well as Julio Urías’ dad’s arm, as the site of the first championship for the franchise in 32 years. The Dodgers won 13 total games at Globe Life Field in 2020 — two in the regular season, then 11 more in the final three rounds of the postseason.

The Rangers won 16 games at Globe Life Field last year.

Clayton Kershaw starts the series opener on Friday, just his second career start against the Rangers. The other one came in 2015, when he struck out 10 but allowed four runs in six innings to suffer the loss. Kershaw’s start six years ago — almost to the day, since it was June 17 — was also at Dodger Stadium.

He’s never faced the Rangers in Texas, which is just a short drive from his home and where he grew up in the Dallas area. Globe Life Field is one of only three current MLB parks Kershaw hasn’t pitched in during the regular season, though he checked off Globe Life Field with four starts last postseason and did the same with Fenway Park in the 2018 World Series.

Dodgers vs. Rangers

Day Time (PT) Pitchers TV
Day Time (PT) Pitchers TV
Fri 7:10 p.m. Kershaw (L) v. Foltynewicz SNLA
Sat 7:10 p.m. Bauer v. Allard (L) SNLA/MLBN*
Sun 1:10 p.m. Buehler v. Dunning SNLA/MLBN*
*MLB Network broadcast is not available in Dodgers home market

That leaves Camden Yards as the only current MLB ballpark in which Kershaw hasn’t pitched.

The Dodgers are 18-12 all-time in interleague play against the Rangers, including seven wins in their last eight meetings. Los Angeles is 7-5 against Texas at Dodger Stadium, including a two-game sweep in 2018 and splitting two games at Chavez Ravine in 2015.

Longtime Braves pitcher Mike Foltyniewicz starts for the Rangers in the series opener, entering Friday night with a 4.75 ERA and 5.17 FIP in 12 starts. Both starting pitchers allowed five runs in their last start, with Kershaw doing so in his last two outings.

Texas comes to town having lost 21 of their last 27 games. It’s been five weeks since they last won a road game, with the Rangers 0-15 on their last two trips. Amazingly, that isn’t even the longest active road losing streak in MLB. The Diamondbacks have lost 19 road games in a row, on their way to the worst overall record in baseball.

The Rangers since opening Globe Life Field last year are 31-30 (.508) at home, and 15-47 (.242) on the road.

Game info

Teams: Dodgers (37-25) at Rangers (24-39)

Location: Dodger Stadium

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA