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Dodgers vs Padres: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for August 5

The Dodgers head home to take on the Padres tonight in the first game of a three-game series. The Dodgers and Padres have only seven times so far this year, with the Dodgers winning five of the seven games. This series kicks off 12 games between the two teams between now and the end of September.

The Dodgers will send Tony Gonsolin to the mound against Padres lefty Sean Manaea. Gonsolin is 1-0 against the Padres this year, pitching 7.2 strong innings on July 1 in a 5-1 victory. Manaea has faced the Dodgers once this year, taking the loss in a 10-2 Dodgers win on Apr 24 after allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings.

The Dodgers lead the season series with the Padres 5-2, having outscored San Diego 35-14. But this is a much different Padres team, having added Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury, and Josh Hader at the trade deadline. Fernando Tatis Jr. is not yet back from injury for this series, but he’s expected to play in the final nine games between the teams this season (assuming he doesn’t hurt himself skydiving or at a trampoline park or something).

This game figures to be a sellout, partly because it’s a Friday Night Fireworks game against the second-place team, but mostly because the team will be honoring the late, great Vin Scully before the game. Scully, who spent 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94.

With a lefty on the mound for the Padres, the Dodgers have a healthy contingent of right-handed hitters in the lineup. Miguel Vargas gets his second career start, with Hanser Alberto, Trayce Thompson, and the returning Chris Taylor also inked in. Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, and newcomer Joey Gallo get the start of the night off against Manaea.

Today’s game will mark the 106th game of the season for LA. They are currently 72-33, on pace for 111 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PT, and fans have been asked to be in their seats by 6:30 for the Vin Scully tribute.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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