LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping that a well-rested and inspired rookie pitcher will lead them to success in Sundays series finale against the San Francisco Giants.

Left-hander Caleb Ferguson will make his third career start Steven Nelson Jersey , pitching opposite Giants right-hander Chris Stratton, but it will be his first outing where he will get a minute to catch his breath and ease into his surroundings.

Before his major league debut on June 6, and his follow-up effort Tuesday, Ferguson had to scramble to catch a flight and then take the mound for the Dodgers. This time around, Ferguson has done all of his between-start routine with the major league club, and even got a bonus assignment this week.

Ferguson was able to get an up-close-and-personal look at Clayton Kershaws most recent rehab bullpen session. It was a multi-pronged effort to not only let Ferguson watch a pitcher he looks up to, but to get an in-depth view at one of the hardest workers in the game.

Even for Caleb to sit in on Claytons pen (Friday) and to sit in on Rich (Hills on Saturday) and not have to fly in make a start then fly out and come back in, he will get to assimilate with our guys, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. I think there is a benefit to that.

Ferguson (0-0, 9.53) lasted just 1 2/3 innings of his debut at Pittsburgh and then went four innings Tuesday against the Rangers. He has given up a combined six runs, but the Dodgers offense has scored a combined 21 runs in his two outings so at least he is getting elite run support.

Stratton (7-4 Randall Cobb Jersey , 4.56) has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last four starts, but he is facing a Dodgers lineup that has hit 34 home runs in June alone. The right-hander will have to face a trio of left-handed hitters in Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson who have been productive of late.

He figures to be up for the challenge after guiding the Giants to a 10-4 record in his starts this season. In his outing Tuesday at Miami, Stratton was just the second Giants pitcher since May 6 to last at least seven innings, but he still took the loss in a 3-1 defeat. It was his sixth quality start of the season.

The Giants are currently 3-6 on a three-city road trip that ends Sunday. And while a return home is ahead, better health could be coming soon, although third baseman Evan Longoria figures to be out at least a month with a fractured left hand.

First baseman Brandon Belt was activated Saturday, while pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija could be back soon.

Our biggest issue has been trying to stay healthy, manager Bruce Bochy said, according to mlb.com.

Madison Bumgarner made his third start since coming off the disabled list Saturday and allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of a 3-1 loss. It marked the 11th straight time in Los Angeles the Giants scored two runs or less, according to STATS Inc.

Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez homered for the Dodgers who will go for the series sweep on Sunday while Alex Wood allowed a run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Minnesota Twins signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach just one day before Major League Baseballs deadline. For both sides Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , the delay was well worth the wait. There were no contentious contract negotiations in the way, only a College World Series championship for Larnach with Oregon State.

We figured it would go to the end, because I thought Oregon State was the best team I saw all spring, Twins scouting director Sean Johnson said. They were really built to win that series, so we knew it would take a while.

Larnachs standard minor league deal, signed on Thursday afternoon, came with a $2.55 million signing bonus. The slot value set by MLB for the 20th overall selection was $3.12 million, so the Twins put some of that savings toward signing other players in their draft class.

Larnach, a corner outfielder who hit .327 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs this season for the Beavers, batted .417 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games at the College World Series. His two-run homer in the ninth inning against Arkansas helped Oregon State stave off elimination in the second game of the finals Doug Flutie Jersey , and the Beavers went on to win the decisive third game the following night.

I would say its probably the closest thing you are going to get to playing here in the big leagues, Larnach said as he toured Target Field for the first time before the Twins played Baltimore on Thursday night. There are a lot of people at every game. You start playing some SEC teams, and you start hearing them pretty well. Its all part of it. Its a wonderful experience, and I wish I could re-live some of it, but you know there are better times ahead.

The Twins said the 21-year-old Larnach will report to rookie-level Elizabethton of the Appalachian League.

Its good to have him in the fold, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. I told him to enjoy the experience. I couldnt really relate to him what it was like to sign at this particular point in my life because it was 40-some years ago, but it was nice for him and his parents to come in and have a chance to talk with them.

Johnson was on a scouting trip in North Carolina, dining at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant with Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff, when they saw Larnachs dramatic home run. They werent exactly sweating the timing of the signing.

Twenty seconds before he hit the home run, Im like, `If he hits a home run here to give them the lead Raekwon McMillan Jersey , we can wait another day, Johnson recalled. Right on cue, he hit it. That was the first time I celebrated in a Cheesecake Factory. That was pretty cool. That was a fun moment to watch.

For Larnach, too, of course.

My experience at Oregon State, man, its pretty unbelievable. I cant put that into words, he said. I cant thank my family at Oregon State enough for what theyve done for me. Im always going to come back to them and say hi and give them my love and just give back to them as much as I can, because theyve developed me not only as ballplayer but as a person, and thats what they promised when I got there.



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