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Major League Baseball
Preview
LA Dodgers at San Francisco
When: 3:45 PM ET, Thursday, April 27, 2017
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Giants have made a flurry of roster moves this week in an effort to jump-start their struggling offense, and the early returns already have provided reason for optimism. The Giants look to win two in a row for just the second time this season on Thursday as they conclude a four-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, who are experiencing their own offensive woes.

Giants rookie Christian Arroyo, who was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, batted fifth and belted his first career homer in Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the rival Dodgers. San Francisco also received an unexpected spark from pinch-hitter Michael Morse, who had his contract purchased from the minors earlier in the day and contributed a solo home run that brought back memories of his championship season with the team in 2014. The Dodgers have lost four of their last six games despite the play of Justin Turner, who is 18-for-47 during his career-high 12-game hitting streak. Yasiel Puig raised his average to .263 with two hits on Wednesday and has reached base safely in 19 of his last 20 games at AT&T Park.

TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBC Sports Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Julio Urías (2016: 5-2, 3.39 ERA) vs. Giants LH Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87)

Urías will be making his season debut after posting a 1.93 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 20-year-old, who is expected to remain in the starting rotation moving forward, went 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in two games (one start) against the Giants last season. “He’s familiar with the big leagues,” manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “He’s pitched in playoff games. So we’re excited to get him back.”

Moore's rough start continued Saturday against the Rockies, as he allowed six runs and nine hits (three homers) over four innings in a 12-3 loss at Coors Field. The 27-year-old faced the Dodgers five times last season, going 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA - including an eight-inning outing on Oct. 2, 2016. Corey Seager has recorded two hits in 11 at-bats against Moore, who owns a 5-3 record and 3.38 ERA in eight career turns at AT&T Park.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Giants placed OF Denard Span on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder and recalled INF Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento.

2. Scott Van Slyke is expected to start at first base Thursday in place of Dodgers star Adrian Gonzalez, who will take a scheduled day off.

3. San Francisco SS Brandon Crawford was placed on the bereavement list and will undergo an MRI on his strained groin before his expected return on Friday.

PREDICTION: Giants 5, Dodgers 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 10-12 L1 6-4 4-8 0-0 1-2 9-10 0-0
San Francisco 8-14 W1 5-5 3-9 0-0 0-0 7-13 1-1
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers San Francisco
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/26/17 LAD 3 SF 4 x .231 1 .602 .188 2 .625
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .462 6 .923
San Francisco B. Posey .545 6 1.129
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Seager 1 2 1
San Francisco C. Arroyo 1 1 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 2.39 .200 21
San Francisco 1.93 .229 19
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .368 28 .922
San Francisco J. Panik .314 22 .818
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Seager 4 13 16
San Francisco B. Belt 4 11 9
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.61 .244 203
San Francisco 4.30 .233 172