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Spring Training Preview: Kenley Jansen Scheduled To Follow Kenta Maeda As Dodgers Host Mariners

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering a loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers return to the field on Saturday afternoon and play host to the Seattle Mariners.

Kenta Maeda gets his third Spring Training start for the Dodgers, and if he follows suit with the other starters that have pitched the last few days, he will throw around three innings and 45 pitches.

In three innings across his first two starts, Maeda has allowed two hits and three runs (9.00 ERA) while striking out five and walking one.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is scheduled to follow Maeda, also making his third appearance of the spring. Jansen has thrown two shutout innings to this point, giving up just one hit while striking out three. His velocity has been down a bit, but that is not something he is worried about considering how early it is in the spring.

The Mariners send one of their top prospects in Erik Swanson to the mound to make his first spring start, although it is his third appearance. In 1.2 innings, Swanson has allowed one hit and four runs (one earned) while striking out one and walking four, so control has obviously been an issue for the right-hander.

Swanson will be facing a Dodgers lineup that features two of their hottest hitters at the top in Kiké Hernandez and Cody Bellinger.

Hernandez is slashing .400/.435/.550 with three doubles in 20 at-bats this spring, While Bellinger is at .357/.444/.786 with a home run, three doubles and five RBI in 14 at-bats.

Dodgers lineup:

2B: Kiké Hernández
RF: Cody Bellinger
1B: David Freese
CF: Alex Verdugo
C: Will Smith
LF: Brad Miller
3B: Edwin Rios
SS: Daniel Castro
DH: Kyle Garlick

Mariners lineup:

2B: Dee Gordon
DH: Mitch Haniger
1B: Edwin Encarnacion
LF: Domingo Santana
3B: Ryon Healy
RF: Jake Fraley
SS: Tim Beckham
C: Jose Lobaton
CF: Braden Bishop