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Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson to start against lefties as Dodgers start series with Colorado

Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson to start against lefties as Dodgers start series with Colorado
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, hits an RBI-single as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis watches during the third inning Friday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has taken seven plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season. He is, thanks to the quirks of small-sample-size oddities, 3-for-7 in these encounters and hitting .148 against right-handed pitchers.

Manager Dave Roberts indicated on Monday evening he expected both Pederson and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a pair of left-handed hitters, to play on Tuesday as the team begins a two-game series with Colorado. The Rockies will start left-handed pitchers in both games.

Gonzalez is hitting .179 in 19 plate appearances against lefties. The team recalled right-handed hitter Rob Segedin, who started in Gonzalez's place on Monday and scored one of the team's two runs in a loss to Arizona. Roberts is a fan of Segedin, but the team does not want to create a platoon situation at first base yet.

Here are the matchups for the next two nights:

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Tuesday: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Freeland (1-1, 5.91 ERA)

Wednesday: LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.53 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Anderson (1-2, 8.59 ERA).

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