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By Jon Weisman
Tonight, the 2-2 Dodgers put a 239-game streak of not having a losing record on the line.
Since winning 7-5 in 14 innings at Arizona on July 10, 2013, part of their historic 42-8 spree, the Dodgers have been at least .500 or better (allowing for the past two Opening Days, when they were 0-0).
Los Angeles didn’t spend a day in 2014 below .500, and has won six consecutive times in the past 21 months when a loss would have given them a losing record, including Monday and Wednesday.
Andre Ethier and Justin Turner make their first starts of 2015 tonight. So far this season, the Dodger bench (including A.J. Ellis, making his second start this evening) has a single by Turner and two intentional walks in 15 plate appearances. Alex Guerrero and Darwin Barney have yet to play in a game.
Don Mattingly told reporters today that Carl Crawford would get his first day off Sunday, with Ethier starting in his place.
The Dodgers lead the National League in home runs and walks and are second in OPS.
Clayton Kershaw, starting tonight, needs three strikeouts to pass Orel Hershiser for the No. 5 spot on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list in Los Angeles.
L.A. Dodgers strikeout leaders:
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