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Ryu ready for second half as Dodgers battle Red Sox

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox and Dodgers meet for the first time since Boston beat Los Angeles in five games to capture the 2018 World Series. The Red Sox are 10-1 all-time against the Dodgers in Boston, with L.A.'s lone win coming June 12, 2004.
  2. Despite losing their final three contests before the All-Star Game, the Dodgers still entered the break with an MLB-best 60 wins. This is the fourth time the Dodgers have recorded at least 60 wins at the break, the most by any franchise dating to the first All-Star Game in 1933.
  3. The Dodgers lead the NL with a 3.37 ERA, and all of baseball with 10 shutouts. The Dodgers had 11 shutouts all of last season.
  4. All-Star Cody Bellinger went into the break, batting .336 with 30 homers, 71 RBI and 70 runs. Dating to the first All-Star Game in 1933, he became just the fifth player to enter the break batting at least .330, with 30 homers, 70 RBI and 70 runs.
  5. Xander Bogaerts earned his second All-Star selection after hitting 17 homers, 29 doubles, 65 RBI and 67 runs. Since the first Midsummer Classic, he joins Alex Rodriguez in 1996 as the only shortstops with at least 15 homers, 25 doubles, 65 RBI and 65 runs at the break. (Bogaerts and A-Rod had the exact same number of home runs, RBI and runs, with Bogaerts notching one more double.)
  6. Boston has a 4.59 ERA after going into the 2018 break at 3.59. This increase of 1.00 is the franchise's highest from one All-Star break to the next, since the 1994 team saw an increase in ERA of 1.46.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/12/2019 thru 7/14/2019
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

For the pitching-rich Los Angeles Dodgers, Hyun-Jin Ryu's dominant first half was a revelation.

The Korean left-hander has taken advantage of a largely healthy season to post a major league-leading 1.73 ERA through 17 starts, earning the starting nod for the National League at the All-Star Game in a decision Dodgers manager (and NL skipper) Dave Roberts described as a "no-brainer."

"He's been the epitome of consistency," Roberts told reporters of the decision. "He's been the best pitcher in the National League."

Ryu (10-2) will look to carry that success over through the remainder of the year as his second half begins on the road Sunday against the Boston Red Sox in the rubber contest of a three-game series.

The meeting between the 2018 World Series opponents has featured a pair of blowouts thus far, with the Red Sox winning 8-1 on Friday night before the Dodgers returned the favor, 11-2, on Saturday.

Sunday night's contest figures, on paper, to be a low-scoring affair with fellow southpaw David Price (7-2, 3.24) taking the mound for Boston opposite Ryu.

Price was responsible for two of the Red Sox's four wins on their way to beating the Dodgers in last year's best-of-seven Fall Classic. He bested Ryu in Game 2 before going seven innings with just one run allowed on three hits in the decisive Game 5.

This season, Price has been the Red Sox's ace with Chris Sale's struggles continuing into Saturday's loss to the Dodgers. Price has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last four starts and is undefeated since April 27, a span of 11 outings.

Ryu, meanwhile, was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits in four innings on the road against the Colorado Rockies on June 28 before rebounding to shut out the San Diego Padres over six innings in his last start before the All-Star break.

Ryu has faced the Red Sox just once in the regular season, giving up four runs in five innings. In his World Series Game 2 loss, he gave up four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Price has seen the Dodgers twice in the regular season, allowing seven runs (three earned) over 12 innings.

Saturday's Los Angeles win snapped a four-game losing streak for the visitors while ending a Boston run of five straight victories. Four Dodgers -- Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, A.J. Pollock and Max Muncy -- homered in the contest as the team emerged from an offensive funk.

"You play a 162-game season, there's probably going to be a few lulls in there where you have a hard time getting things going, but that's uncharacteristic of this offense," said Turner, who also had two doubles in a three-hit performance. "Hopefully, we're right back where we're supposed to be."

Xander Bogaerts hit his team-leading 19th home run for the Red Sox in the loss, his second blast of the series and third in his last four games.

Prior to the game, Boston added to its pitching depth by acquiring right-hander Andrew Cashner from the Baltimore Orioles for two minor leaguers.

"We like how our club looks, but we've liked how our club has looked for a long time," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "But we have to continue forward because we've dug ourselves a hole as far as the division."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 14, 2019

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