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Albert Pujols gets a start in Dodgers’ finale with Reds

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Getaway day in Cincinnati

Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Albert Pujols starts at first base for the Dodgers on getaway day against the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati, a chance for a few at-bats against Cincinnati southpaw Wade Miley.

Starts have been few and far between for Pujols of late, outside of starting two of the four games against the Cardinals in his return to St. Louis. Even counting those, Sunday marks Pujols’ third start in the Dodgers’ last 21 games.

Dodgers-Reds lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Reds
Pos Dodgers Pos Reds
RF Betts 2B India
2B Turner SS Farmer
3B Turner RF Castellanos
1B Pujols 1B Stephenson
SS Seager (L) 3B Suarez
C Smith LF Aquino
CF Taylor CF Barrero
LF Lux (L) C Barnhart (L)
P Kershaw (L) P Miley (L)

Pujols has excelled in his limited role with Los Angeles, hitting .320/.361/.650 with 10 home runs in 108 plate appearances against left-handers since joining Los Angeles. That includes an infield single in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter against Amir Garrett on Saturday.

That was the fifth infield single this season for Pujols, and fourth with the Dodgers.

Pujols is 4-for-18 against Miley in his career with two home runs, including one hit in 2019, their last meeting.

Fresh of Saturday’s return to Mookie Betts and Corey Seager atop the lineup, the Dodgers on Sunday have Betts and Trea Turner hitting 1-2 in the series finale, the first time both usual leadoff hitters occupying the first two slots in the Dodgers’ batting order.

Broadcast note

In addition to the SportsNet LA broadcast locally, the series finale will also be televised nationally by TBS. Brian Anderson and Ron Darling will call the game for TBS, which is a full national broadcast with no blackouts.

Game info

Teams: Dodgers (95-54) at Reds (77-72)

Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Time: 10:10 a.m.

TV: SportsNet LA, TBS