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Dodgers Vs. Astros: Clayton Kershaw Starts Series Opener

Kershaw has a 22-inning scoreless streak heading into Friday's game.

May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home Friday night to open a seven-game homestand, beginning with Clayton Kershaw facing the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers took two of three games from the Diamondbacks in Arizona, and are back home where they are off to a 19-4 start at Chavez Ravine.

Kershaw shutout the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start and has a current streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Kershaw, who is 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA this season, faced the Astros in Houston on April 21, and pitched seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.

Lucas Harrell gets the start for Houston, looking for his fourth win of the season. The Astros won six of eight games on their just completed homestand, and are riding a three-game winning streak thanks to a sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers will activate Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list before Friday's game after the utility man missed nearly three weeks with a left hamstring strain. It is unknown what corresponding roster move will be made, but infielder Justin Sellers had an MRI on Thursday after getting scratched from the lineup Wednesday with numbness in his leg and back pain.

The Dodgers had a six-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday in Arizona, and they are 12-4 in their last 16 games.

Friday's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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