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Friday, April 8, 2016

MLB : Giants Host Dodgers on FS1

One of the greatest rivalries in sports continues this Saturday (4:05 PM ET, FS1) when the San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers. It'll be a classic pitcher's duel between San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner, the three-time World Series champion, and Los Angeles southpaw Clayton Kershaw, the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner.

Both pitchers got the win to start the 2016 season for their respective clubs. Kershaw allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Dodgers pummeled the San Diego Padres (+185 at home) 15-0. Bumgarner was a bit shakier, giving up all three runs in just five innings of work as the Giants thrashed the Milwaukee Brewers (+166 at home) 12-3.

These same two pitchers faced each other four times during the 2015 regular season, with the teams splitting the series 2-2. Three of the games went under despite the total dipping as low as 5.5 runs. The Dodgers have a long list of injured players heading into the weekend, including catcher Yasmani Grandal (.756 OPS last year), second baseman Howie Kendrick (.746 OPS), and worst of all, outfielder Andre Ethier (.852 OPS), who isn't expected to play until June because of a broken tibia.

MLB : Giants Host Dodgers

MLB : Dodgers-Giants in Pitcher's Duel
Don't expect too much scoring this Saturday when  Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants host Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is at 4:05 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

These two pitchers met four times last year; three of the games went under, even with the totals set at six runs or lower. The teams split the series at two wins apiece. This Saturday, the Dodgers will be missing outfielder Andre Ethier (.852 OPS last year), catcher Yasmani Grandal (.756 OPS) and second baseman Howie Kendrick (.746 OPS) to injury.

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