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Moore faces Urias as Giants seek series win

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With Julio Urias (age 20) scheduled to be the starting pitcher, Corey Seager (23) expected at shortstop and Cody Bellinger (21) possibly in the outfield for Thursday's finale of the series with the Giants, the Dodgers are all-in on the youth movement.

Seager turns 23 on Thursday. The last time the Dodgers started three players under the age of 23 was July 6, 2007 -- Matt Kemp, Tony Abreu and Chad Billingsley.

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With Julio Urias (age 20) scheduled to be the starting pitcher, Corey Seager (23) expected at shortstop and Cody Bellinger (21) possibly in the outfield for Thursday's finale of the series with the Giants, the Dodgers are all-in on the youth movement.

Seager turns 23 on Thursday. The last time the Dodgers started three players under the age of 23 was July 6, 2007 -- Matt Kemp, Tony Abreu and Chad Billingsley.

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The Giants, looking to win three of four against their National League West rivals, counter Urias' season debut with lefty Matt Moore, who went 6-2 in his last eight starts of 2016, allowed an average exit velocity of 86.1 mph and coughed up only five barrels. It's been a different story for the southpaw to begin 2017. According to Statcast, his average exit velocity of 92 mph ranked as the highest of 124 qualified pitchers (min. 50 batted balls) entering Wednesday, and his 10 barrels allowed tied for second, behind only Rick Porcello (11) of the Red Sox.

Things to know about this game

• Here's Giants manager Bruce Bochy's words of advice to Moore: "Always be yourself. That's never going to change. Give us a chance to win a game. You don't want to put pressure on yourself."

• Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes Adrian Gonzalez's elbow tendinitis is a big reason for his slow start, but he sees the swing improving and hasn't felt that Gonzalez needs to make his first-career appearances on the disabled list.

"He's not slugging like I know he's going to this year, but I still feel he's a productive player in the box," said Roberts. "The presence of him being in the lineup means something to the other side. It's really got to be clear that it's hurting the team to warrant that and right now it's not. He's helped us. He takes a lot of pride in posting every day."

• Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a homer and double off Urias last year. Yasiel Puig has a home run off Moore.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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