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Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Brandon McCarthy #38 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

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