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Dodgers notes: Mark Prior, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew Toles

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News and notes for a Sunday morning

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The Dodgers on Sunday will try for a second sweep of the Diamondbacks in as many tries this season. They’ve won five straight series against Arizona, dating back to last season, including sweeps in two of their previous three meetings.

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Andrew Toles, who last played for the Dodgers in 2018 and is currently on the restricted list, suffers from schizophrenia. Bob Nightengale at USA Today caught up with the family:

“People want to assume that we want Andrew to be who he was before,’’ Morgan Toles said. “That’s not true. We just want him to be happy and healthy. He could be a garbage man. He can be a yoga instructor. We just want him to be healthy.”

Among the headliners currently on the Dodgers injured list, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy remain on track to potentially be activated Tuesday or Wednesday in San Diego, and Corey Seager could begin a rehab assignment within a few days, unless he accompanies the team to San Diego. Juan Toribio at MLB.com has more details and notes on various Dodgers injuries.

With MLB beginning to enforce its own rules on foreign substances on the baseball beginning Monday, Mark Prior talked to Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register: “It’s not going to change how we go about preparing for Monday. And if things do change then we adjust. That’s part of the game anyway. We adapt.”

Clayton Kershaw reiterated this week how he wants to help fight racial injustice, Jorge Castillo at the Los Angeles Times writes. Said teammate David Price: “It’s bigger than baseball. He can affect a lot of lives in a positive way. That’s the way to go about life, in general, just to be able to impact others.”

Gavin Lux, especially since the start of May, has helped keep the Dodgers afloat amid injuries, says Molly Knight at The Athletic.

In Kiley McDaniel’s latest mock draft at ESPN, he projects the Dodgers to take Wake Forest right-hander Ryan Cusick at No. 29 overall. “The Dodgers have been tied to a number of upside types who could use a tweak or two to unlock their potential, since the Dodgers are arguably the best in baseball at that,” McDaniel wrote. We profiled Cusick in May when he was linked to the Dodgers in a mock draft at The Athletic.

Sara Sanchez at FanGraphs looked at how home runs are still prevalent in historical terms despite being slightly down over the last two seasons.