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Dodgers’ Josiah Gray in his first major league start is facing another J. Gray

A look at other recent similar-named pitching matchups

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Josiah Gray makes his first major league start on Sunday, five days after pitching four innings in a bulk role in his MLB debut on Tuesday. It comes against the Rockies, with a pitching matchup that has been rare for the Dodgers, at least this century.

Jon Gray starts for the Rockies, making Dodger Stadium the theater for a J. Gray vs. J. Gray matchup in the homestand finale.

This looks like the third time since 2000 that a Dodgers game had a matchup of two pitchers with the same last name and first initial.

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The last one was June 20, 2009 in Anaheim, with Jeff Weaver facing his younger brother Jered Weaver and the Angels. The older J. Weaver allowed two runs in five innings, while the Dodgers got to the younger J. Weaver for six runs.

Their parents Gail and Dave each wore half Angels/half Dodgers Weaver jerseys for the occasion. Fun was had by all.

Before that, the Dodgers hosted the Pirates on September 24, 2005, with both teams playing out the string in disappointing seasons. Odalis Peréz started for the Dodgers but in his first game back after missing over five weeks with a rib cage injury was limited to just two innings, allowing one run.

Oliver Peréz also allowed one run, but over six innings, with Pittsburgh pulling ahead for good against reliever Elmer Dessens.

Game info

Teams: Dodgers (60-40) vs. Rockies (43-55)

Location: Dodger Stadium

Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA