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Hyun-Jin Ryu to start series finale in Cincinnati, giving Clayton Kershaw extra rest

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has the option Sunday of starting Clayton Kershaw on regular rest, or Hyun-Jin Ryu on two extra days’ rest, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Roberts chose the reigning National League Player of the Week.
Ryu will get the assignment in the finale of the three-game series opposite right-hander Tanner Roark. Right-hander Walker Buehler starts Saturday against right-hander Tyler Mahle. Left-hander Rich Hill will start Friday opposite Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.
For Roberts, riding the hot hand makes sense. Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Nationals on Sunday in his last start. In his previous start against the Braves, Ryu tossed his third career complete game and second shutout.
Through Wednesday, Ryu ranks second in the National League in wins (five) and earned-run average (1.72).
“Hyun-Jin is in a really good place,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy, if there’s anybody that can handle extra off-days, a schedule that is not always consistent – the off-days we have coming that are sort of crazy but we’ve got to kind of make do – it really doesn’t affect Hyun-Jin. Whether he’s rolling right now and pitches every fifth day, or there’s a two-day extra respite, I don’t think it matters to him.”
The Dodgers have another day off Monday, followed by another on Thursday after back-to-back games in Tampa Bay. That will be the last of their four off-days in a 10-day span – a mixed blessing from MLB’s schedule-making algorithm that carries the potential for rest to become rust.
Kershaw presumably will start Tuesday in Tampa, but Roberts isn’t ready to set that decision in stone. If Kershaw doesn’t pitch until Wednesday, the left-hander will have seven days between starts.
With the exception of starts he made after returning from stints on the disabled list, Kershaw has only pitched on seven or more days of rest once in the last four seasons. That was a July 2017 game against the Chicago White Sox, when Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win. He owed his eight days of rest to the All-Star break.
The quirky schedule was an unavoidable pitfall.
“I wish we could stagger them out a little bit better,” Roberts said of the days off. “Our guys do a good job of dealing with what we can’t control. But it’s certainly not ideal. Could’ve used them in April.”
NOT HALF BAD
Dylan Floro’s earned-run average managed to remain 0.00 on the official scoresheet even after he allowed a home run Sunday.
How? The official scorer mistakenly credited Gerardo Parra’s grand slam as an unearned run to the pitcher because it followed two outs and a Justin Turner error. However, the major league rulebook stipulates that Floro should have been awarded an earned run on the sequence, leaving him with an ERA of 0.50. The record was corrected afterward.
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Not that the difference bothered him much. Until Sunday, Floro had made 16 appearances without allowing an earned run to begin the season.
“It was going to happen at some point,” he said.
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UP NEXT
The Dodgers are off Thursday.
Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 0-1, 4.20 ERA) at Reds (RHP Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1, 4.17 ERA), Friday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM

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