Dodgers tab RHP Corey Knebel to start Game 5 vs. Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers shuffled the deck by announcing right-hander Corey Knebel will start the decisive Game 5 of their National League Division Series against the host San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

The Dodgers announced the move over social media on Thursday afternoon. They did not divulge a reason for the pitching change.

Knebel will take the ball in place of scheduled starter Julio Urias (1-0), who allowed one run on three hits in five innings to earn the victory in Game 2.

Knebel, 29, struck out two batters in one scoreless inning of relief in that game to help Los Angeles secure a 9-2 win on Saturday.

The NL West rivals exchanged victories over the next two contests to set up Thursday’s winner-take-all clash.

Knebel posted a 4-0 record with a 2.45 ERA in 27 appearances (four starts) this season. He owns a 10-11 record with a 3.23 ERA in 266 career appearances (four starts) with the Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and Dodgers.

Right-hander Logan Webb (1-0) is scheduled to start on Thursday for San Francisco.

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