Game 159: Postseason auditions continue as Dodgers dispatch another lefty.

Charlie Culberson

Charlie Culberson avoids a tag at home plate in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers moved over .500 for the season against left-handed starters and continued experimenting with possible postseason roles in a 9-4 win over the Padres. The box score is here.

Julio Urias‘ Triple-A pitching coach explained why the rookie’s career-high innings total might not be as large as it seems.

Dick Enberg called his final game in Petco Park.

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Game 158: The Dodgers’ hunt for home-field advantage might have left the yard.

Joc Pederson

Andrew Toles and Joc Pederson celebrate Pederson’s fourth-inning home run on Wednesday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Hunter Renfroe might be the only person to leave San Diego with home-field advantage after the Padres’ star had another big night in a 6-5 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.

Charlie Culberson‘s home run Sunday linked him with Vin Scully forever, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Two postscripts:

1. Ross Stripling threw from the stretch with the bases empty today. He said he didn’t warm up out of the windup in the bullpen before coming in. The right-hander gave up two hits in three innings (one was a double that led to the winning run) and said he might just roll with it now that he’s reliving full-time.

2. Josh Reddick famously wore a “don’t bunt” T-shirt recently while visiting with Vin Scully. So why did he bunt in the ninth inning? “They’re giving you a free hit with the shift,” he said. The Padres had abandoned third base with the left-handed hitting Reddick at the plate.

Here’s what else they were saying after the game:
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Dodgers’ rotation for final six games leaves as many questions as answers. Update.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias has thrown a career-high 119 innings this season between the majors and Triple-A. He will move out of the bullpen to start Thursday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers announced their starting rotation for the final six games of the season:

Tuesday at San Diego: Kenta Maeda
Wednesday: Jose De Leon
Thursday: Julio Urias
Friday at San Francisco: Rich Hill
Saturday: Clayton Kershaw
Sunday: Maeda

Update (6:20 p.m.): Roberts said that Kershaw, Hill and Maeda will start Games 1, 2 and 3 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals in that order. The starting assignment for Game 4 is to be determined. Maeda wanted two starts before the regular season ends, not one, which is why he’s starting tonight and not tomorrow.

Roberts discussed his season-ending rotation Tuesday afternoon:

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

Jose De Leon

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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