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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 53,033

Bolstered by Andrew Heaney's return, Dodgers look to top Guardians again

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Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Guardians are a season-high five games over .500 and are seeking their first five-game winning streak since May 2-6 last year. They've won both series they've played in Los Angeles, although this is their first visit to Dodger Stadium since July 2014.
  2. Guardians RHP Shane Bieber ranks 11th in the majors with a 2.08 ERA since May 14. While he's facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career, he's 8-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in his last 11 interleague starts.
  3. Guardians SS Amed Rosario has a .429/.419/.619 slash line during a 10-game hitting streak that ties the longest of his career (Aug. 12-24, 2021). He has three hits in his last 18 at-bats vs. the Dodgers after batting .359 in his first 11 games against them.
  4. The Dodgers lead the majors with eight interleague wins this season and own baseball's second-best winning percentage (36-14, .720) in interleague play since the start of the 2020 season.
  5. Dodgers SS Trea Turner has a .314/.368/.571 slash line and three homers during a nine-game hitting streak. He's hit safely in 35 of 36 games (.331/.385/.556) since May 8 and ranks fifth in the majors with 47 RBI.
  6. After allowing three home runs over 30 innings in his first six starts this season, Dodgers LHP Julio Urias has served up nine over 34.1 innings in his last six starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2022 thru 6/19/2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation will get a boost Sunday afternoon with the return of left-hander Andrew Heaney from the injured list.

Heaney (1-0, 0.00 ERA) joined the Dodgers this past offseason and made just two starts before going on the IL with left-shoulder inflammation. After two months away, he rejoins a starting staff that got Clayton Kershaw back from the IL last week but lost Walker Buehler to a forearm strain.

There was a positive to Heaney's time away. Tyler Anderson took over his starting spot and has gone 8-0 with a 2.82 ERA this season, providing rotation stability along with Tony Gonsolin (8-0, 1.42 ERA). The Dodgers have an MLB-best 2.58 ERA from their starters.

Heaney, an Oklahoma City resident, was able to charge up for his return by spending much of his recent rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers spent all spring rebuilding Heaney's slider that led to just one unearned run in 10 1/3 innings with 16 strikeouts. He now can unleash it again against the Guardians.

"Throwing fastballs is what I do well and what I'm most comfortable with," Heaney said. "The slider's a different grip, different thought process. Early on in the first rehab start, it wasn't quite how I wanted it to be. The next one was a little better. ... "Just trying to continue that momentum, that feel, just try to get back to where I was at the beginning of the season."

Heaney does not have a decision in three appearances (two starts) against the Cleveland franchise, posting a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings.

The Guardians will counter with right-hander Shane Bieber (3-3, 3.01), a native of nearby Laguna Hills, Calif., who will make his Dodger Stadium debut and his first career start against the Dodgers.

After Cleveland's five-game winning streak ended with a 7-1 defeat to the Dodgers on Saturday, Bieber will be tasked to put a charge back into a nine-game, three-city road trip. The Guardians are 4-1 on the trip, with a visit to Minnesota next.

Los Angeles was held to two runs or less in five of its previous six games before Saturday, but the Dodgers broke out with 11 hits to even the series.

Bieber will look to put the Dodgers back into their offensive tailspin while aiming for Cleveland's sixth consecutive series win.

Bieber is coming off a start at Colorado on Tuesday when he gave up three runs on a season-high nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also gave up his first home run in five outings.

Cleveland could be without star Jose Ramirez, who was not in the starting lineup Saturday because of lingering right-thumb soreness and could be out again Sunday.

"When he's not in there, our lineup, obviously, doesn't look as good," Guardians manager Terry Francona said of his infielder, who has a .397 on-base percentage with an American League-best 62 RBIs. "Then you think, 'Well, if we play him too much and he (gets worse) ...'

"So, we're going to stay away from him (Saturday), see how he's doing (Sunday), and then we have Monday off. So, we'll see."

The Dodgers are going to be without Mookie Betts, who was put on the injured list Saturday after cracking his right rib during an outfield collision with Cody Bellinger on Wednesday.

Betts, 29, is batting .273 with 17 homers, 40 RBIs and 53 runs scored in 60 games.

The five-time All-Star and 2018 American League MVP is a career .295 hitter with 195 home runs and 607 RBIs in 1,031 games with the Boston Red Sox (2014-19) and Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 19, 2022

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