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Albert Pujols hits second for the first time in 2,862 career starts

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers try for a third time to beat the Marlins on Wednesday night in Miami. Both teams are deploying bullpen games in this one, so settle in. It’s going to be a while.

Jake Reed starts on the mound for the Dodgers, and with left-hander Ross Detwiler starting for the Marlins, Albert Pujols is fully in the David Freese role, batting second. It’s the first time in 2,862 career starts that Pujols is batting second.

“For them to get as much out of Detwiler, I felt that it gives Albert the best chance to take two at-bats against him,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And if I didn’t start [Pujols] tonight, with their lefties available tonight, I probably wouldn’t use him.”

Miami has two other left-handed relievers on the active roster — Steven Okert, who pitched the last two nights, and Richard Bleier, who pitched an inning on Tuesday.

Wednesday is also the 3,000th major league game for Pujols, combining the regular season (2,923) and postseason (77).

Dodgers-Marlins lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Marlins
Pos Dodgers Pos Marlins
RF Betts 2B Chisholm Jr. (L)
1B Pujols CF Marte
2B Muncy (L) RF Cooper
3B Turner 1B Aguilar
SS Taylor SS Rojas
CF Bellinger (L) LF Sánchez (L)
LF Pollock C Alfaro
C Barnes 3B Berti
P Reed P Detwiler

Game info

Teams: Dodgers (53-33) at Marlins (37-47)

Location: Marlins Park, Miami

Time: 4:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, ESPN (out of market)