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Dodgers vs. Cubs: Will Smith Out of Lineup, Miguel Rojas Back In, How to Watch and More

The Dodgers are back home at Dodger Stadium for a six-game homestand! First, they’re welcoming the Chicago Cubs (and some old friends) into town for three games, starting Friday night. Then, a three-game series with the Mets. If you’re trying to decide which game to go to based on the giveaways, you can get all that information with this link right here!

Back to the more pressing news, though, Cody Bellinger will be making his return to Dodger Stadium on Friday — unless his girlfriend gives birth to their second child first — playing in LA for the first time as a member of the visiting team.

Noah Syndergaard is taking the mound for the Dodgers for his third start of the year, going up against Cubs LHP Justin Steele, who’s off to a dominant start this season. Here’s the lineup the Dodgers are sending out on Friday:

It’s a very righty-heavy lineup with the left-hander Steele on the mound. Smith is (for some reason) getting the day off after an off day, and Austin Barnes is taking his spot in the 9-hole. Also, Miguel Rojas, who left Wednesday’s game with a cramp, is back in the lineup.

On the other side, here’s the lineup the Cubs are sending out, with a few familiar faces:

Both Bellinger and Edwin Rios are in the lineup, which will be a nice reunion for the both of them.

The Dodgers are 7-6 on the year, and will look to continue their momentum from Wednesday’s win over the Giants.

First pitch for Friday’s game is at 7:10 p.m. PT. You can watch it on Spectrum SportsNet LA, or listen to in on AM570 radio.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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