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Dodgers vs. Astros starting lineups: Two rookie pitchers to start in Game 2

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

A night after Joe Kelly ignited the Dodgers-Astros rivalry, the clubs will finish a quick two-game series Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Dustin May, a rookie, will start for the Dodgers. Cristian Javier, another rookie, will make his first major-league start. Neither pitcher participated in the 2017 World Series, but neither did Kelly and that didn’t stop tempers from flaring.

Javier is right-handed so Max Muncy will return to the leadoff spot for the Dodgers, moving Mookie Betts to second in the batting order. Chris Taylor will take Kiké Hernández’s spot at second base, Joc Pederson is back in the lineup in left field, and Matt Beaty will make his season debut as the designated hitter.

May makes his second start of the season after toeing the rubber opening day on short notice when Clayton Kershaw landed on the injured list. May gave up a run and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in that first outing against the San Francisco Giants.

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MLB suspended Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly eight games and manager Dave Roberts one game following heated incidents against Astros. Houston manager Dusty Baker was fined.

He’ll face an Astros lineup without centerfielder and leadoff hitter George Springer. Instead, Myles Straw will play center field and left fielder Kyle Tucker will lead off. Third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa, the two Astros who took issue with Kelly on Tuesday, are back in Houston’s lineup.

DODGERS LINEUP

Max Muncy 1B

Mookie Betts RF

Cody Bellinger CF

Justin Turner 3B

Corey Seager SS

Chris Taylor 2B

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Joc Pederson LF

Matt Beaty DH

Austin Barnes C

Dustin May RHP

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ASTROS LINEUP

Kyle Tucker LF

José Altuve 2B

Alex Bregman 3B

Michael Brantley DH

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Yuli Gurriel 1B

Carlos Correa SS

Josh Reddick RF

Myles Straw CF

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Martin Maldonado C

Cristian Javier RHP


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