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Significance of Urias' debut with Dodgers (1:27)
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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.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Can't wait to see Julio Urias make his major league debut on Friday, at age 19. Against the Mets. At Citi Field. That's all. The only other teenager to start a game in the past 25 seasons has been Felix Hernandez. Urias is widely considered the second-best pitching prospect in the game and had a 1.10 ERA at Triple-A, although he never threw 90 pitches there.