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Dodgers Vs. White Sox Preview: Kershaw Starts, Van Slyke In Center

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After falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates and losing the weekend series, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to turn things around as they welcome the Chicago White Sox for a three-game Interleague set. Clayton Kershaw gets the starting nod for the Dodgers in what will be his seventh start this season.

Since coming back from a shoulder inflammation, Kershaw has struggled to find his form. He comes into the game with a record of 3-2 and a 3.57 ERA. Most of his earned runs came at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who punished Kershaw for seven runs in one inning. In his last outing, the Cincinnati Reds scored three runs over his seven innings of work.

The last time Kershaw faced the White Sox was back in 2012 where he earned a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings. Historically, the month of June has been one of the worst times for Kershaw, who has a 3.26 ERA.

As for the White Sox, they send Jose Quintana to the mound. On the year, the left hander holds a 3-4 record to go with a 3.61 ERA. In his two games against NL West teams this season, Quintana went 1-1, earning a win against the Colorado Rockies while dropping one to the Diamondbacks.

Quintana also made an appearance in the same series Kershaw last pitched against the White Sox. In his start, Quintana pitched a solid eight innings while holding the Dodgers scoreless.

Andre Ethier was left out the starting lineup with Scott Van Slyke taking over in center field as Mattingly sticks to his decision of keeping Matt Kemp in left. Primarily filling in at left this season, Van Slyke has only played in three innings in his career as a center fielder.

Thus far in 2014, Kemp hasn’t been the same as he’s struggled at the plate and in the field. Kemp has played in left since Carl Crawford sprained his ankle and has been getting himself adjusted to the new position.

Dodgers Lineup:

2B: Figgins

LF: Kemp

RF: Puig

SS: Ramirez

1B: Gonzalez

CF: Van Slyke

3B: Turner

C: Butera

P: Kershaw

White Sox Lineup:

CF: Eaton

2B: Beckham

1B: Abreu

LF: Viciedo

SS: Ramirez

3B: Gillaspie

C: Flowers

RF: Sierra

P: Quintana
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