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Cleveland0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 262
LA Dodgers1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 180
  W: A. Gose (3-0)   L: E. Phillips (1-3)   S: E. De Los Santos (1)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, June 17, 2022
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 48,361

Guardians bring 4-game win streak into L.A. to face Clayton Kershaw

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Guardians are a season-high five games over .500 and are seeking their first five-game winning streak since May 2-6 last year. They've won both series they've played in Los Angeles, although this is their first visit to Dodger Stadium since July 2014.
  2. Guardians RHP Shane Bieber ranks 11th in the majors with a 2.08 ERA since May 14. While he's facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career, he's 8-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in his last 11 interleague starts.
  3. Guardians SS Amed Rosario has a .429/.419/.619 slash line during a 10-game hitting streak that ties the longest of his career (Aug. 12-24, 2021). He has three hits in his last 18 at-bats vs. the Dodgers after batting .359 in his first 11 games against them.
  4. The Dodgers lead the majors with eight interleague wins this season and own baseball's second-best winning percentage (36-14, .720) in interleague play since the start of the 2020 season.
  5. Dodgers SS Trea Turner has a .314/.368/.571 slash line and three homers during a nine-game hitting streak. He's hit safely in 35 of 36 games (.331/.385/.556) since May 8 and ranks fifth in the majors with 47 RBI.
  6. After allowing three home runs over 30 innings in his first six starts this season, Dodgers LHP Julio Urias has served up nine over 34.1 innings in his last six starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2022 thru 6/19/2022

After receiving a pair of elite pitching performances, the Los Angeles Dodgers will move into a three-game interleague series against the visiting Cleveland Guardians by sending one of the top pitchers in franchise history to the mound.

Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.12 ERA) will start Friday's series opener against the Guardians, who are visiting Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2014.

The Dodgers just completed a brief two-game series sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Left-hander Tyler Anderson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Wednesday, a day after right-hander Tony Gonsolin gave up one hit over 6 1/3 innings.

Anderson's outing brought back reminders of Kershaw's 2022 debut against another American League Central opponent, the Minnesota Twins, on April 13. The legendary left-hander crafted seven perfect innings on 80 pitches before he was removed from the game as a precaution.

Kershaw was pitching in a regular-season game for the first time since bowing out late in 2021 with a forearm strain. A separate bout with SI joint inflammation has already cost the 34-year-old a month this season, but he returned Saturday at San Francisco and gave up two runs on three hits over four innings and 71 pitches.

After the Dodgers' 3-2 defeat to the Giants, Kershaw was asked if the outing was a positive step in his return.

"I mean other than losing, yeah, which is no fun no matter what building block you want," Kershaw said. "But overall, I feel good about it for the most part and will be ready to go for the next one."

In 15 seasons, Kershaw has faced the Cleveland franchise just twice. He gave up four runs over five innings of a no-decision in 2008 and two runs over seven innings of a 2017 win.

The Guardians will enter after a 4-2 road victory against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that completed a three-game sweep. The series opened a nine-game, three-city trip for Cleveland.

While Amed Rosario had a pair of RBIs in Thursday's victory, it was six strong innings from right-hander Triston McKenzie that helped clinch the sweep. Cleveland heads to Los Angeles on a four-game winning streak while also taking seven of its past eight games.

Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.70) will take the mound coming off a no-decision Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, when he gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings in a 10-5 defeat. It is the Guardians' only loss since June 7.

Plesac's eight hits allowed were the second most this season, and his two strikeouts tied a season low.

The outing was highlighted by Plesac's defense when he fielded a ball with his bare hand near the third-base line and made an off-balance jump throw to retire Cristian Pache at first base, saving a run.

"I've always been a playmaker my whole life," Plesac said. "I played football, receiver. I've always been able to do that. It's something I enjoy, right there, full count, first and third, two outs, you gotta get him out or he scores. ... I made a read there and, yeah, it's fun."

Plesac will make his first career start against the Dodgers and his first road outing against a National League West opponent in four seasons.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 17, 2022