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Significance of Urias' debut with Dodgers (1:27)
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Do Dodgers have next Clayton Kershaw?

Julio Urias' numbers in the minors are very similar -- and in some cases, better -- than Kershaw's were before he was called up.

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Clay Helton knows USC needs more than just talent

With his team facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Clay Helton is stressing toughness -- physical and mental -- for the Trojans.

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Urias, Valenzuela have plenty in common

Julio Urias naturally draws comparison to Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, and with good reason:

  • Both are from northern Mexico
  • Both are left-handed pitchers
  • Both are undersized (Valenzuela - 5-foot-11, Urias - 6-0)
  • Both were discovered by Dodgers scout Mike Brito
  • Both will have debuted at 19 years old

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L.A. has good history with young lefties

At 19 years and 289 days, Julio Urias will become the youngest Dodgers left-handed pitcher to debut since Sandy Koufax in 1955 (19-176). The other three southpaws on this list combined to win seven Cy Young Awards.

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Make plans to watch Julio Urias

The consensus second-best pitching prospect in the game will fill in for Alex Wood and become the first teenager to start a major league game since Felix Hernandez in 2005 (and Hernandez was the first since 1991). Five things we learned Thursday

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Age has never been a factor for Urias

Julio Urias has always been much younger than the competition he's faced at each level of the minors and has still posted dominant numbers. The 19-year-old will make his major league debut on Friday.

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Donte Whitner one of best available

He was released by the Browns too late to cash in during free agency, but the 30-year-old Whitner can still play. John Clayton thinks he'd fit well with the Rams. Best remaining FAs

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First team All-NBA

LeBron James was named to his 10th career All-NBA first-team. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and DeAndre Jordan each earned the first-team honors for the first time. Back-to-back MVP Steph Curry earned his second nod.