Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Urias, Ross meet in duel of young hurlers

A pair of young starters will take the mound for Wednesday's series finale between the Nationals and Dodgers in Los Angeles, though one of them might not be in the rotation for too much longer.
Joe Ross, 23, has enjoyed a strong season as part of a Nationals rotation that ranks fourth in the Majors in ERA. He's come down a bit recently, though, allowing 11 earned runs across his last three starts.
Julio Urias, 19, will make the sixth start of a career that has seen a clear upward trend. Urias' ERA stands at 4.50 and he's shown improvement in every start. In his last time out against Milwaukee, he threw five scoreless while striking out eight. He'll aim to lead the Dodgers to their sixth straight win and a series sweep.
The Dodgers are still expected to soon find a way to limit Urias' usage. Urias has thrown 63 innings in 2016 between Los Angeles and Triple-A Oklahoma City with a career high of 87 2/3 innings as a professional. Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Urias would get another start after Wednesday, but beyond that is uncertain.
Three things to know about this game
• It's not often that a team does a giveaway featuring someone from the opposing team, yet a bobblehead of former Dodgers player and current Nationals manager Dusty Baker will be given out to fans before the game.
• Trayce Thompson was out of the lineup for the first time in 20 games Tuesday night, but Roberts said Thompson would be back Wednesday.
• Bryce Harper might know something about the age-related obstacles Urias has to deal with. The two are the only players since '10 to debut as teenagers in the National League.

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