Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 161
LA Dodgers3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 x 5111
  W: P. Bickford (4-2)   L: Z. Gallen (2-10)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, September 13, 2021
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 43,273

Clayton Kershaw set to return for Dodgers against Diamondbacks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Dodgers are 11-2 against the Diamondbacks this season and 19-4 over the last two seasons. This season, Los Angeles has outscored Arizona 97-36 and outhomered them 25 to eight over the 13 games.
  2. The Diamondbacks have won two straight and won their series at Seattle over the weekend. They have the worst road record in baseball at 19-53 but have won four of their last eight away from Chase Field.
  3. The Dodgers swept the Padres in three games over the weekend outscoring them 16-4 including two shutout wins. They have 16 shutouts this season which is second in the major league behind the Brewers' 18. Two of the 16 shutouts were against Arizona.
  4. Seth Beer is 4-for-8 with four runs in his first three games in the major leagues. On Friday, he hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. He is just the fourth Diamondbacks player ever to do that and the first since John Hester on August 28, 2009.
  5. Mookie Betts is hitting .471 (8/17) with two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored in his last five games. Betts has a home run in back-to-back games for the third time this season. He has two career three-game home run streaks and both happened in 2018 with Boston.
  6. Zac Gallen is 2-2 this season on the road compared to 0-7 at home. He allowed two runs in six innings against the Dodgers on July 30. Clayton Kershaw will make his first start in the majors since July 3. He is 18-10 with a 2.76 ERA in his career versus the Diamondbacks.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2021 thru 9/15/2021
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to return after missing more than two months with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner will take the mound on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kershaw (9-7, 3.39 ERA) made his last start on July 3 at the Washington Nationals, departing after four innings because of a rain delay.

The following week, he underwent an MRI to detect the cause of soreness in his elbow and was diagnosed with inflammation, considered a positive result at the time.

He continued to experience soreness during his rehabilitation, however, and didn't get comfortable enough to make a rehab start until tossing three innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

"It's been a pretty frustrating process to be honest with you, rushing back and things like that," Kershaw said on Friday. "It was not fun to have setbacks and things like that. Now I think from the second ramp up it's been pretty smooth overall."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he plans to cap Kershaw at four innings.

"There's a potential for four or five starts before the end of the season," Roberts said. "There's ample time to get him right."

Kershaw is 18-10 in 37 career starts against the Diamondbacks with a 2.76 ERA.

He made his only start this season against Arizona on May 19 at Dodger Stadium, allowing two runs and two hits in six innings. He did not receive a decision in the 4-2 victory.

The Dodgers (91-53) won't have the services of closer Kenley Jansen.

His daughter, Key'Gia Keziah Jansen, was born on Sunday morning and he'll be on the paternity list until Tuesday, Roberts said.

Los Angeles has also been without All-Star outfielder Chris Taylor, who missed the past two games with neck soreness and will likely sit out a couple more.

Their absences weren't a factor over the weekend, as the Dodgers swept the San Diego Padres to stay 2 1/2 games back of the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead.

Max Scherzer has been the best pitcher for Los Angeles since he was acquired from the Nationals on July 30 and should make an intimidating duo with Kershaw.

Scherzer, who also has three Cy Young Awards on his resume, brought a perfect game into the eighth inning on Sunday. He gave up a one-out double and departed after eight shutout innings in the 8-0 win.

The Diamondbacks (47-96) should arrive with confidence after winning their past two games at the Seattle Mariners for their first road series win since April.

Zac Gallen is expected to start on the mound for the Diamondbacks.

Gallen (2-9, 4.32 ERA) pitched well against the Dodgers on July 30, holding them to two runs and five hits in six innings. Arizona eventually won 6-5 in 10 innings.

Gallen is 0-1 in five career starts against the Dodgers with a 2.45 ERA.

Seth Beer made his major-league debut against the Mariners and the former first round pick of the Houston Astros went 4-for-8 with a home run and four runs scored as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the three games.

"I remember taking the first pitch, my first at bat, and going, 'Man, you know, it's still the same ball," Beer said. "So I think it's the same game, just a bigger stage."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2021