The Los Angeles Dodgers defensive woes haunted the team in yesterday’s loss against the Philadelphia Phillies. Errors early in the game led to a total of three unearned runs, which crippled the team for the rest of the day. The Dodgers and Phillies are at one game a piece heading into the series finale, and the Boys in Blue are looking to put yesterday’s loss behind them to remain dominant in Citizens Bank Park.

Matt Kemp now sits for a third consecutive day possibly in lieu of┬áthe Dodgers fielding problems, and Hanley Ramirez is also absent from the lineup presumably due to his calf soreness that scratched him from yesterday’s game. Erisbel Arruebarrena will play shortstop for today for his third MLB start.

Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett, former teammates on the Marlins, face off against each other today. Beckett has posted impressive numbers following his season-ending surgery from last year. The right-hander has begun to turn things around posting a 2.89 ERA through 46.2 innings thus far this season.

Although he allowed four runs in five innings in his last start against the Mets last week, the Dodgers starter has given the rotation remarkable depth. In a total of 19 career starts against the Phillies, Beckett is 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA, although he has not faced off against the team since 2012.

Burnett is another veteran who is looking to remain dominant in the twilight of his career. The 37-year-old right-hander has a 3.32 ERA through ten starts and is posting a 2.42 ERA at home. The seasoned starter has struggled a bit this month compared to his outings during the beginning of the season as he has allowed 12 runs in his past three starts.

Carl Crawford, who is hitting .348 this month, will bat behind leadoff man Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig moves down to the three spot. Justin Turner takes over at third base while Drew Butera gives A.J. Ellis a day off behind the plate.

Dodgers Lineup

2B: Dee Gordon

LF: Carl Crawford

RF: Yasiel Puig

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

CF: Andre Ethier

3B: Justin Turner

C: Drew Butera

SS: Erisbel Arruebarrena

P: Josh Beckett

Phillies Lineup

CF: Ben Revere

SS: Jimmy Rollins

2B: Chase Utley

1B: Ryan Howard

RF: Marlon Byrd

LF: Dominic Brown

C: Wil Nieves

3B: Cesar Hernandez

P: A.J. Burnett

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