The Dodgers’ starting rotation is starting to rotate on a normal-ish basis.

Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling is one of six different pitchers who will start for the Dodgers in a six-game stretch this week. (Associated Press photo)

Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart are scheduled to start the next two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will complete a streak of four straight rookie pitchers (Kenta Maeda today, Jose De Leon yesterday) who will have started a game with the Dodgers nursing a small lead in the National League West standings.

What’s more, the Dodgers are scheduled to use a different starting pitcher in all six games they will play this week.

However, things are about to get normal. (Normal-ish, at least.) After an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers travel to Miami to kick off a 10-game road trip. Here are the probable matchups for that series:

Friday: Clayton KershawJose Fernandez
Saturday: Rich HillTom Koehler
Sunday: Maeda – Jake Esch

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Game 136: Jose De Leon helps the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres.

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Jose De Leon beat the San Diego Padres in his major league debut Saturday. (Thomas Cordova/Staff photographer)


Jose De Leon became the latest rookie to keep the Dodgers’ engine going, beating the Padres in his major league debut. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Clayton Kershaw will start Friday in Miami.

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Game 135: As Rich Hill dominates Padres, Clayton Kershaw works his way back.

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Justin Turner bats in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


Rich Hill took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in the Dodgers’ 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Clayton Kershaw felt good after his rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga.

The Dodgers should be commended for not making excuses, writes columnist Jeff Miller.

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Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson throw simulated games.

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Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June because of a mild disc herniation in his lower back. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> Clayton Kershaw threw two innings in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. He pitched two innings to a group of hitters from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga who arrived just for the occasion.

Dodger pitchers Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson all threw simulated games Tuesday as well.

For Kershaw, “it was a great step in his progression,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.

“He felt great after, which was obviously everything that we cared about,” Friedman said. “He said he wasn’t as sharp as he would want to be, but he’s always going to say that. The important thing is that he felt great. We’ll assess tomorrow what the next steps are.”

Kershaw is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back.
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Julio Urias will start Friday, could move to bullpen for the remainder of the season.

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Julio Urias is 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> The Dodgers will give the ball to rookie left-hander Julio Urias for Friday’s start against the San Diego Padres.

“The way he’s throwing the baseball right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “this is the best thing for the Dodgers and for Julio.”

Urias, 20, is 5-2 with a 3.71 earned-run average in 14 games (12 starts) for the Dodgers this year. His last outings, all victories, have seen Urias allow two earned runs in 19 ⅔ innings, good for a 0.92 ERA.

And yet, Friday’s start might be his last of the season.
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