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SF@LAD: Kershaw goes eight and gives up two runs

When it comes to pitching at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw is lights-out.

In fact, until he lost a 2-1 decision on May 8, the left-hander hadn't lost at home since last April. He'll look to start a new winning streak Monday against the D-backs.

In hopes of spoiling Kershaw's return to his winning ways at home, the D-backs could use an offensive lift from Justin Upton. The outfielder is hitting just .225 with nine RBIs this year.

"I think everybody takes it hard," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Upton's struggles. "We all have high expectations. It's probably part of the problem, dealing with your own frustration. I don't know if it's disappointment, but you are trying to right it. So maybe try to do more than you should try and do.

"Everybody wants to be the guy. They are a close team, so sometimes it takes you out of actually who you are."

Dodgers: Lineup shuffle may be in store
In an effort to get the offense going -- other than Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier -- manager Don Mattingly has said he might shuffle up the lineup.

"We could look at all kinds of things," Mattingly said. "I try to leave guys as much as I can in consistent spots. I'm trying to leave Matt and Andre for the most part. They kind of know when they come to the ballpark, that's where they're at. I don't know how important that is, but to me, I like to leave it as steady as possible."

D-backs: Kennedy on the hill
Ian Kennedy gets the ball for Arizona and will be trying to turn his losing ways around. The righty has dropped two in a row after winning his first three decisions. His recent struggles were highlighted against the Cardinals on May 8, when he gave up six runs on six hits in seven innings.

Worth noting
No current D-backs player with a significant number of plate appearances against Kershaw has had any success. Cody Ransom has a home run in two at-bats and Willie Bloomquist is 2-for-4 against the Dodgers ace.

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