Dodgers @ Blue Jays May 7, 2016: Clayton Kershaw’s First Start in Canada

The Dodgers once again look to Clayton Kershaw to get them back on track. In his last start on Sunday against the Padres, Kershaw’s magnificent pitching and offensive contribution singlehandedly snapped their six-game losing streak. He only allowed 3 hits in the complete game shutout while striking out a season-high 14 batters and walking none on 101 pitches. He has collected double digit strikeouts in his last three consecutive starts.

Dodgers
Blue Jays
10:07 a.m. PT
Toronto
 2B
 Utley
CF 
 Pillar
 SS
 Seager
 3B
 Donaldson
 3B
 Turner
 RF
 Bautista
 1B
 Gonzalez
DH 
 Encarnacion
 RF
 Puig
 1B
 Smoak
LF 
 Kendrick
 SS
 Tulowitzki
CF 
 Pederson  LF  Saunders
 DH
 Crawford
 2B
 Barney
C
Ellis
C
Thole
P
Kershaw (L)
P
Dickey (R)

Kershaw (3-1, 1.96) will be making his first career start against the Blue Jays. He has yet to face the Orioles, Twins or Red Sox as well. Even though he has never pitched at Rogers Centre, Kershaw hasn’t lost a game on the road this season (1-0, 1.17) and has only allowed three runs on the road through 23 innings. He is leading MLB in strikeouts (54), WHIP (0.72) and K/BB (18.00).

Troy Tulowitzki, who will be in the Toronto lineup on Saturday after a day off, has hit three home runs off Kershaw.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-3, 5.73) will be on the mound for Toronto and looking for his first win since April 4. The Blue Jays have lost each of his last 5 starts since. Last time out vs. Texas, Dickey allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks on 98 pitches through 6 1/3 innings, his longest and best start of the season so far.

Dickey is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Dodgers in his career. Chase Utley and Carl Crawford have hit well against him in the past. Utley has five hits including two doubles in 16 at-bats, and Crawford has three hits including a home run and a double in seven at-bats.

Crawford, who batted ninth and started in left field in the series opener despite Dave Roberts‘ original plan to avoid playing him on artificial turf, is the designated hitter and hitting eighth on Saturday morning. The original lineup had Crawford starting again in left field, but Roberts changed it in order to give him a day off from playing on artificial turf. He went 2-for-4 with a single, RBI double and a run scored on Friday. Kendrick is in left field.

Mike Bolsinger will start for Triple-A Oklahoma City today to begin his rehab assignment.

There was also Julio Urias buzz this morning.

Can we get a win, eh?

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RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.