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Preview: Anderson On The Hill, Callaspo Makes First Start With Dodgers



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The scoreless streak on the road has ended and the Los Angeles Dodgers are now in position to win the weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

After a solid performance against the Atlanta Braves on May 25, Brett Anderson makes his 10th start of the season. In his first nine starts, the left-hander has pitched better than his 2-2 record may show, as he has thrown four quality starts. Anderson has never faced the Cardinals in his career.

The Cardinals counter with young pitcher Carlos Martinez. The right-hander has been solid through seven of his nine starts and easily could have a few more wins to show for it. However, in two consecutive starts in May, Martinez allowed seven runs and walked four in each game.

Alberto Callaspo, who was acquired in the trade that sent Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow to Atlanta, makes his first start as a Dodger; he’s playing third base and batting second. Jimmy Rollins is back in the eighth-spot after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Saturday, when he started and hit eighth in the lineup for the first time since 2004.

With the Dodgers in need off a spark from the top of the order to score runs, it was difficult for manager Don Mattingly to justify having Rollins still batting second.

Dodgers Lineup

CF: Joc Pederson

3B: Alberto Callaspo

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

2B: Howie Kendrick

RF: Andre Ethier

C: Yasmani Grandal

LF: Alex guerrero

SS: Jimmy Rollins

P: Brett Anderson

Cardinals Lineup

CF: Randal Grichuk

3B: Matt Carpenter

LF: Matt Holliday

SS: Jhonny Peralta

C: Yadier Molina

1B: Mark Reynolds

RF: Jason Heyward

2B: Pete Kozma

P: Carlos Martinez

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