SYDNEY — Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, Justin Turner will bat second starting from second base and Scott Van Slyke will be the left fielder when the Dodgers open up the regular season Saturday in opposition to Arizona at Sydney Cricket Terrain.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly structured the lineup to face D-backs left-handed starter Wade Miley, keeping with his wish stated before Spring Instruction that he was intrigued with the thought of Puig leading off to get the dynamic player an extra at-bat each recreation.
Mattingly has dismissed concern more than Puig’s Spring Training, during which he or she hit .122 and didn’t great hit until Thursday night’s exhibit against Team Australia.
The playing baseball order following Puig and Turner: Hanley Ramirez, Stainless steel; Adrian Gonzalez, 1B; Van Slyke, LF; Juan Uribe, 3B; Andre Ethier, CF; A.J. Ellis, H; Clayton Kershaw, P.
Turner, a non-roster invitee, commences at second base as he is a right-handed hitter, indicating of which Mattingly will go with a platoon there, seeing that Dee Gordon figures to start against right-handed begging. Gordon emerged over Cuban signing Alex Guerrero inside battle of converted shortstops.
Turner stated he wasn’t told if perhaps he’s part of a platoon, although he considered the start all the more exciting than being told last week that he made the particular club off a Minor Category contract.
‘It’s my first Beginning Day start,’ said Turner. ‘If I wasn’t starting, I would personally still be excited. But Now i’m lucky enough that they’re starting a lefty tomorrow, that’s just the cherry number one.’
Turner said he’s comfortable playing baseball in the second spot, exactly where patience is necessary when the leadoff batter is on base in a very steal situation.
‘I can be client, run deep counts, use the whole field,’ he stated. ‘I can hit behind guys, move them up, I am comfortable with that.’
Van Slyke gets the jerk in left field, which usually ordinarily would be patrolled by Carl Crawford, that remains in Arizona upon paternity leave awaiting the birth of his child. When Crawford returns, he is supposed to bat second behind Puig, together with Gordon dropping to eighth.
Ethier is anticipated to remain in center field at least until the healthy return of Matt Kemp, who is constantly rehab in Arizona through left ankle and left shoulder operations.
Mattingly said he or she expects Gonzalez to start even though the initial baseman left Thursday night’s exhibition game with lower back hardness. Gonzalez had a light workout Saturday.