Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Clayton Kershaw Starts Series Opener In Philadelphia

May 2, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Clayton Kershaw has lost back-to-back starts for the first time since September 1-7, 2010.

The struggling Los Angeles Dodgers continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, beginning Monday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Dodgers have lost six of their last seven games, including dropping two of three games over the weekend to the Colorado Rockies in the first leg of their 10-game road trip.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to rebound from allowing a season high-tying five runs in a loss Wednesday to the Milwaukee Brewers. Kershaw has lost his last two starts, but on the season is 4-3 with a 2.42 ERA. Monday is just the fourth road start of the season for Kershaw, who has allowed five runs in three starts away from home this season with four walks and 18 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings.

Vance Worley returns from the disabled list to start Monday night for the Phillies. Worley picked up from where he left off last season, as he is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA so far this year, with 45 strikeouts in 44 innings. Worley has pitched six innings in each of his seven starts this season.

The Dodgers are expected to activate Juan Rivera from the disabled list before Monday's game. Rivera has been sidelined since May 9 with a ruptured left hamstring tendon, and missed 24 games.

Monday's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Phillies information, head over to The Good Phight, or read SB Nation Phily.

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