Scott Kazmir and Zach Lee will start the Dodgers’ split-squad games Saturday.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers announced their starters for Saturday’s split squad games: Left-hander Scott Kazmir will start the 1:10 p.m. game in Peoria against the Seattle Mariners, while right-hander Zach Lee will start the 7 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale against the Chicago White Sox.

Lee is in a competition to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter with right-hander Carlos Frias, who is starting Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers’ fifth starter won’t be needed until April 8 in San Francisco. Typically, a starting pitcher throws every fifth day, but neither Frias or Lee would be lined up to start that game if they stay on an every-fifth-day schedule.

Nonetheless, Frias and Lee are the front-runners. Ross Stripling, who was optioned to Triple-A last week, is also a candidate if he throws well enough in minor-league games. He allowed one run in three strong innings Wednesday (and isn’t lined up to start the April 8 game either).

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.