White Sox @ Dodgers Aug. 16, 2017: Yu Darvish’s home debut

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The Dodgers won last night. That’s common these days. They’re also going for another series win tonight against the White Sox. It’s a 2-game series, so it’s barely even that, but they’re looking to take all four games this season from the Pale Hose. And they send Yu Darvish out for his home debut.

White Sox
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
L. Garcia
CF
Taylor
3B
Sanchez
SS
Seager
1B
Abreu
3B
Turner
LF
 Delmonico
LF
Hernandez
RF
A. Garcia
2B
Forsythe
2B
Moncada
C
Barnes
C
Navarez RF Puig
SS
Anderson
1B
Segedin
P
Rodon (L)
P
Darvish (R)

Darvish is looking for his third consecutive double digit strikeout game to begin his Dodger career. The White Sox have the 8th-highest strikeout rate in baseball (22.6 percent), so there’s a pretty decent chance he gets to 10 again tonight. Here’s hoping he’s a bit more efficient than he was last time out, though, as he made it through just five innings in Arizona.

Darvish pitched the clinching game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, so this isn’t his first taste of Dodger Stadium. Hard to believe that was 8 YEARS ago.

Carlos Rodon is taking the hill for the White Sox. The Dodgers saw him after the All-Star break in Chicago, and he didn’t fare too well: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4 (!) HR. Chris Taylor and Corey Seager hit solo shots off him, while Enrique Hernandez tagged him for two dongs, which is probably why he’s hitting cleanup tonight.

The lineup looks a lot different tonight. Most notably, Cody Bellinger is getting the night off. Not because of any struggles (.333/.393/.745 this month), but just because the Dodgers can afford to rest players. And they will as they head into the final six weeks of the season. In his stead is Rob Segedin, who is fresh off the 60-day disabled list. He’s in the No. 8 spot. Austin Barnes is in there for Yasmani Grandal, which has been the norm against left-handed pitching of late.

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***Clayton Kershaw Sim Game Alert***

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Kershaw would normally be going to Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab outing, but the Quakes are off that day. He’ll probably head out there for at least a game or two at some point this month.

If Grant Dayton can come back and be anything close to what he was in 2016, then wow. But I’m not overly confident that’ll happen.

Awesome. Here’s hoping Puig can give Turner Ward some more kisses tonight.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.