Dodgers Report: Dodgers Pregame

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes another step forward

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
6:42
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PHOENIX – Hyun-Jin Ryu threw two simulated innings against Juan Uribe and Drew Butera and then spent some time practicing covering first base to test his strained buttock muscle. Afterward, the Dodgers said he is on track to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in the next four or five days.

“Everything seemed to go well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I think everybody was happy with the way it looked. Tomorrow, if he bounces back good, we’ll make a decision. At this point, it’ll either be Sunday or Monday.”

The advantage of using Ryu on Monday is that the Dodgers wouldn’t need to make a roster move to get him on the roster, because rosters can expand beyond 25 players on Sept. 1. The disadvantage would be that Roberto Hernandez would have to pitch to the San Diego Padres, against whom he has a 4.09 ERA. Hernandez has a 1.19 ERA against the Washington Nationals, the team the Dodgers face Monday.

Ryu said through an interpreter Tuesday that he felt no pain and his shoulder "feels fine and my arm feels good.”

Is Hyun-Jin Ryu a big-game pitcher?

October, 18, 2013
10/18/13
4:21
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- Should the Los Angeles Dodgers win Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night, they will turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu to pitch the game that could send them into their first World Series in 25 years. Kind of a big deal, right?

“I’d definitely have to put it in the top three most important games I’ve pitched," Ryu said through his interpreter.

That might sound a tad flippant, but it might also be true. Ryu has already pitched two postseason games -- one bad, one good -- but the most impactful games in terms of his life and lifestyle came years ago in international play. He helped the South Koreans win a gold medal at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Asian Games.

By doing so, players on those teams were exempted from two years of military service. That’s a big deal in South Korea, where the military protects a tense border with North Korea.

Ryu looked nervous pitching in the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves and later admitted the nerves affected his performance. In Game 3 of the NLCS, he was able to slow the game down and pitched seven shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing just three hits.

Which Ryu will show up Saturday, assuming he actually has the opportunity to pitch?

“When I went back on the mound knowing that I had one game under my belt, I felt much more comfortable,” Ryu said. “Preparing for tomorrow, I’m not even going to think about that game against Atlanta.”

Getting Puig's emotions in check could prove key

October, 14, 2013
10/14/13
4:46
PM PT
LOS ANGELES – With Hanley Ramirez dealing with the pain of a cracked rib in his left side and the Dodgers down two games to the St. Louis Cardinals in their National League Championship Series, this might be a good time for Yasiel Puig to snap out of one of the worst funks in his short career.

He and Ramirez were the twin pistons of the Dodgers’ turnaround in June.

Puig is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts in this series. The frustrating part for the Dodgers, at times, is that Puig sometimes has difficulty containing his emotions and they can bleed from one at-bat to the next or from an at-bat to the field.

He appeared to be trying to do too much while striking out at the key moment in Game 2, with the bases loaded and one out. Michael Wacha threw him a 95-mph fastball on the first pitch and Puig fell down swinging at it. He struck out, the Dodgers didn't score and lost 1-0.

Before Game 3, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged Puig’s emotions can sometimes get the best of him.

“I think that’s always the case with Yasiel with any kind of mistakes or his at-bats and stuff,” Mattingly said. “It is emotional. But the one thing I think we all know with Yasiel is it’s always from trying too hard. It’s never from not trying.”

Ricky Nolasco steps aside

October, 7, 2013
10/07/13
5:09
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- On the eve of the biggest game of his career, in the stadium he always envisioned pitching a playoff game, Ricky Nolasco learned it wasn’t going to happen.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he informed Nolasco Sunday night that the team was turning to Clayton Kershaw on three days’ rest to pitch Game 4 against the Atlanta Braves. If the series goes five games, the Dodgers would hand the ball to Zack Greinke.

“I don’t think this has anything to do with Ricky,” Mattingly said. “It’s really more to do with Clayton and Zack.”

Nolasco retreated to the clubhouse before the Dodgers completed batting practice and wasn’t available for comment, but he sounded OK with the decision when asked about it Sunday afternoon.

“This isn’t about me,” Nolasco said. “This is about the team.”

That clearly is true, but if the Dodgers advance to the league championship series, they might have some pitching issues beyond Greinke and Kershaw. Nolasco had a 12.75 ERA in his last three starts, and he hasn’t started since Sept. 25. Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted only three innings Sunday, and he appears to have some nagging physical ailments.

A lot is riding on Monday’s outcome. If the Dodgers win, Kershaw would be available to pitch Game 2 of the NLCS, with Greinke leading it off.

“Obviously, we know what it does if we’re able to take care of our business tonight,” Mattingly said. “But this is not a time to look ahead.”

Dodgers pitching still appears in flux

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
3:08
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- If you’re wondering how Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch under the pressure of his first postseason, consider that in 2008, he pitched a 1-0 shutout over Canada to help the South Koreans win the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. By doing so, Ryu got out of two years’ military service.

“That’s very important to them, because in two seasons they can make a lot of money,” said Korean reporter Junki Hong of the daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

A better question might be whether Ryu is entirely sound physically, though the Dodgers say he is. He threw a bullpen session under the watch of team physician Neal ElAttrache in Atlanta. If Ryu gets hurt or has a short outing tonight, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that the first man out of the bullpen likely would be Chris Capuano, who has pitched two innings since Sept. 6 after coming off the disabled list for a groin injury.

If the Dodgers lose tonight, there is doubt about who would pitch Tuesday’s elimination game. Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start, but it’s probable the Dodgers would go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest, then, if they win, bring back Zack Greinke on normal rest for Game 5 in Atlanta.

Mattingly didn’t sound 100 percent committed to Nolasco in Game 4.

“Right now, Ricky is the pitcher,” Mattingly said.

Nolasco, a six-year veteran, also has never pitched in the postseason, which is not surprising since his former team was the Miami Marlins. Nolasco said he would understand if he’s bumped in favor of Kershaw, who is about to win his second Cy Young award in three seasons, barring a major upset. Kershaw struck out 12 batters over seven innings to pick up the win in Game 1.

“This isn’t about me. This is about the team,” Nolasco said. “Whatever decision they make is going to be the best decision for the team.”

Serious question: Which team has the better closer?

October, 4, 2013
10/04/13
2:48
PM PT
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves were said to have one big edge coming into this series: the bullpen.

And, in one regard, that’s right. The last thing the Los Angeles Dodgers want to be doing in any of these games is trying to rally off Craig Kimbrel, who was as tough to hit as any pitcher in baseball. But is it really an edge when the Dodgers have virtually the same guy at the back end of their bullpen?

With less fanfare, Kenley Jansen has pitched comparably to Kimbrel, without the 97 mph fastball or virtually unhittable slider.

Jansen finished second among major-league relievers with 111 strikeouts, one behind the Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman. He had a 0.86 WHIP, incrementally better than Kimbrels’. The Braves closer holds a slight edge in ERA and opponents’ OPS, .487 to .509, but a big one in saves, 50 to 21.

One of the less-heralded reasons for the Dodgers’ June turnaround was the change in closers, from Brandon League to Jansen. It has stabilized the Dodgers’ entire bullpen and given the rest of the team confidence that a one-run lead will hold.

Jansen got his feet wet, making his postseason debut in a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation in Game 1. As he’s done so many times this season, Jansen struck out the side.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly thinks Jansen’s dynamic season hasn’t gotten much attention because of the mid-season change and the fact the Dodgers play so many games after the rest of the country has gone to bed.

“It won’t take long. He’s going to get his due,” Mattingly said. “I’m sure people within baseball recognize him. We love our numbers and his are pretty good.”

Here are lineups for Friday’s Game 2 at Turner Field:

Dodgers

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Yasiel Puig RF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Skip Schumaker CF
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Zack Greinke RHP

Braves

1. Jason Heyward CF
2. Justin Upton RF
3. Freddie Freeman 1B
4. Evan Gattis LF
5. Brian McCann C
6. Chris Johnson 3B
7. Andrelton Simmons SS
8. Elliot Johnson 2B
9. Mike Minor LHP

Hairston frustrated with roster snub

October, 3, 2013
10/03/13
4:56
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ATLANTA -- Veteran utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. admitted to being disappointed he was left off the Dodgers' playoff roster for the first round. Hairston thought he had a good chance of making it, particularly after injuries to Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.

The Dodgers have worked out Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke as emergency center-field options for this series. Neither player has ever played the position. As recently as 2011, Hairston, 37, played 20 games in center field with the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.

"I know I've lost a step, maybe two, but I like to think I'm pretty intelligent and know how to play that position pretty well," Hairston said. "It wasn't my decision. I'm going to support my teammates who have worked very hard to get here."

Hairston's goal is a second World Series ring. He would be eligible for the Dodgers' roster should they advance to the NLDS, but that might not be an easy task since Ethier could be healthy by then and the Dodgers could carry an extra pitcher.

"Fans in L.A. deserve a chance to see their team win the world championship," Hairston said. "That wouldn't be a bad thing to have on your resume, a Yankees championship and a Dodgers championship."

Hairston batted just .143 in the second half, but he points out that he did so in scattered opportunities. Hairston got just 84 at-bats after the All-Star Game.

"Somebody said I'm struggling? Come on, man, in that many at-bats?" Hairston said.

Mattingly shuffles deck a bit for Game 1

October, 3, 2013
10/03/13
2:06
PM PT
ATLANTA – There were a few changes to what had been the Los Angeles Dodgers' typical lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS.

Slumping Yasiel Puig was given his second career start batting fifth after seven straight starts as the leadoff hitter and Carl Crawford, who hasn’t hit leadoff since Sept. 8, was back in the No. 1 spot in the lineup.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Yasiel Puig RF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Skip Schumaker CF
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Clayton Kershaw LHP

Braves

1. Jason Heyward CF
2. Justin Upton RF
3. Freddie Freeman 1B
4. Evan Gattis LF
5. Brian McCann C
6. Chris Johnson 3B
7. Andrelton Simmons SS
8. Elliot Johnson 2B
9. Kris Medlen RHP

Andre Ethier still on the bubble

September, 29, 2013
9/29/13
12:22
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will take it down to the wire before deciding whether outfielder Andre Ethier will be healthy enough to make their first-round playoff roster.

Ethier will work out Tuesday morning at Dodger Stadium, where he will be evaluated for whether he’s sound enough to play in the National League Division Series. He has been dealing with soreness in his left shin for more than two weeks and has had just one at-bat since Sept. 13, a pinch-hitting appearance in which he struck out.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is open to the possibility of carrying Ethier strictly as a pinch hitter, but not if he can’t run the bases.

“I would rather lean toward letting him play, but I could lean either way and it doesn’t really matter,” Mattingly said. “We have to see what he can do.”

Matt Kemp also missed his second straight game with ankle soreness, but Mattingly said he is confident Kemp will be able to play Thursday.

* Reliever Paco Rodriguez traveled to Arizona for the birth of his first child, but will be back in plenty of time for the Dodgers’ Tuesday charter flight to whichever city they begin the playoffs.

* Two pitchers who figure to get work Sunday: Chris Capuano and Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers are contemplating keeping Capuano on the roster as a third left-handed reliever. Jansen hasn’t pitched since Tuesday.

Here are lineups for Sunday’s season finale, also the last career game for Todd Helton, who has announced his retirement:

Rockies

1. Charlie Blackmon CF
2. Josh Rutledge 2B
3. Todd Helton 1B
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Michael Cuddyer RF
6. Nolan Arenado 3B
7. Charlie Culberson LF
8. Jordan Pacheco C
9. Jeff Francis LHP

Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Michael Young SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Mark Ellis 2B
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Skip Schumaker CF
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu LHP

Lineups: Puig available but off Saturday

September, 28, 2013
9/28/13
5:44
PM PT
LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Dodgers first-base coach Davey Lopes was taking part in a word association game with a film crew prior to Saturday’s game against the visiting Colorado Rockies when Yasiel Puig’s name came up.

Without hesitation, Lopes answered, “Unpredictable.”

Puig has been with the Dodgers for nearly four months. In that time, they’ve climbed from as far back as 9 games in the NL West standings to division champions. They won 53 of 66 games during their summer surge, including a franchise-record 15 consecutive road games.

Puig has his fingerprints all over one of the great turnarounds in franchise history, hitting .322 since his arrival with 19 home runs among his 42 extra-base hits.

Still, from listening to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his coaching staff, it's clear Puig still has a lot to learn.

“We see a guy with just a load of talent, but also you see the young player in him at times,” Mattingly said.

During the Dodgers’ previous homestand, Mattingly spoke of Puig’s lack of control in the outfield. His tendency to overthrow the cutoff man has been well documented, but on this night Mattingly was discussing Puig’s unbridled aggression when chasing down fly balls, saying his teammates don’t trust that he won’t run them over in pursuit.

His baserunning has been just as just as erratic. He’s stolen 11 bases but has been caught eight times. Even more disturbing, he has been picked off, doubled up and run through stop signs to record a number of other outs on the basepaths.

Puig also seems reluctant to take the advice of others. Against the Rockies on Friday night, he fouled a ball of his lower left leg in his first at-bat and hobbled around before eventually grounding out. Mattingly said he brushed off a recommendation to wear a shin guard and later fouled another pitch off the same area in the fifth inning, ultimately causing him to leave the game.

"I would think he would want to wear one, but ...," Mattingly said before just shrugging his shoulders.

Puig took batting practice Saturday and Mattingly said he would be available to play if needed, but is holding him out for precautionary reasons.

A more difficult decision looms Thursday. Who will be the starting outfielders when the Dodgers open the NL Division Series, either at the St. Louis Cardinals or Atlanta Braves? Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford appear healthy and ready, and another veteran outfielder, Andre Ethier, is wrapping up his rehab from an injured lower left leg at the team’s spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz.

With the Dodgers' playoff positioning set, Mattingly was asked if he planned to let the players manage the team in the final two games. Mattingly said he hadn’t thought about that possibility, but then asked reporters who they considered good candidates.

When it was suggested Puig could coach third base, Mattingly answered, “It would probably do him some good.”

Saturday's lineups:
Rockies
1. Charlie Blackmon RF
2. Charlie Culberson LF
3. Corey Dickerson CF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Todd Helton 1B
6. Nolan Arenado 3B
7. Jordan Pacheco C
8. Jonathan Herrera 2B
9. Juan Nicasio P

Dodgers
1. Skip Schumaker RF
2. A.J. Ellis C
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Michael Young 2B
8. Scott Van Slyke LF
9. Zack Greinke P

Paco Rodriguez says he's OK

September, 26, 2013
9/26/13
6:03
PM PT
SAN FRANCISCO -- Every afternoon, Dodgers left-hander Paco Rodriguez spends part of it lounging on clubhouse furniture with what looks like a massive ice pack wrapped around his left arm. The device is connected to a small computer.

According to the manufacturer, it provides "dynamic compression to limbs compromised by poor circulation." Other Dodgers players have used the the same device to help increase blood flow in various parts of their body.

Rodriguez, one of the key Dodgers relievers, hasn't pitched since the day before the Dodgers clinched the NL West, a span of eight days without entering a game. But he says he feels perfectly sound.

"It's just a matter of getting an opportunity," Rodriguez said.

The Dodgers, mindful of his heavy workload and the fact he is finishing his second full season in professional baseball, have tried to limit his use. He was told he was off limits for the Dodgers' Sept. 8 and 9 games. Since then, his role simply hasn't come up much.

Rodriguez has warmed up in the bullpen without getting into a game.

"We really do feel like we need to get him into a game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But we don't want to just put him in a game. We want to make sure it's the right situation."

* Mattingly said it's unlikely Andre Ethier, who has an injured left ankle, will play in a game before the end of the regular season Sunday, but that the team will try to set up a simulated game to get him at-bats and that it's possible Ethier could still make the first-round playoff roster.

Here are lineups for Thursday's game:

Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Mark Ellis 2B
8. Tim Federowicz C
9. Edinson Volquez RHP

Giants

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Gregor Blanco LF
3. Brandon Belt 1B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Tony Abreu 2B
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Nick Noonan 3B
9. Tim Lincecum RHP

Chris Capuano trying to make it back

September, 24, 2013
9/24/13
6:17
PM PT
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers had two injured veterans test injuries before Tuesday's game in San Francisco.

One, Andre Ethier, experienced pain in his injured left ankle and had to cut his workout short. The other, left-hander Chris Capuano, felt great after a 41-pitch bullpen session and could be pitching in games as early as this weekend.

If he is, Capuano, who is coming off a strained groin muscle, has an outside shot at making the Dodgers' playoff roster as a reliever. Capuano, a nine-year veteran, has never pitched in the postseason, so he's working hard to try to make it happen.

If he's not on the roster for the division series, Capuano, who lives in Arizona, said he would continue to work out at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch facility in case he's called on for the National League Championship Series.

"You stay ready," Capuano said.

Here are lineups for Tuesday's game:

Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Mark Ellis 2B
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu LHP

Giants

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Juan Perez LF
3. Brandon Belt 1B
4. Buster Posey C
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Pablo Sandoval 3B
7. Tony Abreu 2B
8. Ehire Adrianza SS
9. Matt Cain RHP

Brian Wilson signing working out well

September, 22, 2013
9/22/13
12:36
PM PT
SAN DIEGO – Shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed former All-Star closer Brian Wilson, manager Don Mattingly watched Wilson pitch a simulated game in Philadelphia. The Dodgers recorded Wilson’s fastball in the 86 mph range.

“That scared me a little,” Mattingly said.

But in relatively short order, Wilson, who is coming off the second Tommy John elbow surgery of his career, has worked into mid-90s velocity, a few miles per hour off his previous range. And, in relatively short order, he has worked his way into an eighth-inning role, supplanting struggling reliever Ronald Belisario as the primary right-handed setup man.

Wilson, who dominated San Diego Padres hitters in the ninth inning of a 4-0 win Saturday, has allowed just one run in 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers. Only one of the 11 runners he has inherited has scored.

Tuesday could bring another new experience for Wilson: Pitching in San Francisco as a visiting player. The San Francisco Giants declined to tender him a contract last December, in the midst of his rehabilitation, and Wilson signed with the Dodgers in July.

Mattingly said he expects there to be a mix of boos and cheers if Wilson pitches in one of the three games at AT&T Park next week. He’s puzzled by the idea of people booing.

“It’s like you’re not allowed to work anywhere else. Once you work in San Francisco, you’re not allowed to work in L.A., even if they don’t want you,” Mattingly said.

Here are lineups for Sunday’s series finale in San Diego:

Los Angeles

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Michael Young 3B
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Tim Federowicz C
9. Zack Greinke RHP

Padres

1. Alexi Amarista LF
2. Ronny Cedeno SS
3. Will Venable RF
4. Jedd Gyorko 2B
5. Tommy Medica 1B
6. Logan Forsythe 3B
7. Reymond Fuentes CF
8. Rene Rivera C
9. Andrew Cashner RHP

Chris Withrow returns after birth of son

September, 21, 2013
9/21/13
5:37
PM PT
SAN DIEGO -- Chris Withrow rejoined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday after leaving the team to be with his wife, Jaclyn, who gave birth to their first child, Walker Reid, on Wednesday night.

Withrow missed three games, including the Dodgers' division-clinching game Thursday in Arizona, to be with his family in Odessa, Texas.

"It's such a blessing," Withrow said. "I'm glad to be back here. It's tough leaving, but it's good to come back here and see all the guys."

Walker Reid Withrow was born at 6:57 p.m. on Wednesday night. He weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long.

"Mom and baby are doing great," Withrow said. "Mom's exhausted, but she's doing great. She's doing exactly what she needs to do to take care of him. He's about as content as them come when he gets fed, but he gets hungry pretty quick."

Withrow watched the division-clinching game and postgame celebration on his phone in his wife's hospital room. He is hoping he'll get to experience a couple of more postgame celebrations before the season is over.

"I was watching the celebration on my phone and it's something about having a baby with you and your wife, I felt like I was celebrating two different things at once," Withrow said. "That made it a lot better. I was in the hospital watching while the baby was resting. It was pretty cool. Hopefully that was just the first of four celebrations and I'll have plenty more to come."

Here are the lineups for tonight's game against the San Diego Padres:

Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Carl Crawford LF
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Juan Uribe 3B
6. Mark Ellis 2B
7. A.J. Ellis C
8. Nick Punto SS
9. Clayton Kershaw P

Padres

1. Chris Denorfia CF
2. Chase Headley 3B
3. Jedd Gyorko 2B
4. Jesus Guzman LF
5. Tommy Medica 1B
6. Kyle Blanks RF
7. Nick Hundley C
8. Ronny Cedeno SS
9. Burch Smith P

The Hangover lineup, Part One

September, 20, 2013
9/20/13
6:37
PM PT
SAN DIEGO -- Don't read too much into Friday night's lineup.

The fact the Los Angeles Dodgers were starting six players who spent most of the season at Triple-A, two bench guys and a pitcher who figures to be nowhere near their postseason roster is kind of par for the course after a team clinches a division title.

The Dodgers' celebration probably didn't end with that little dip in the pool that you may have heard about, but probably continued on the flight from Arizona and spilled into San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, where the team hotel sits.

What the team does beyond Friday might be more telling. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez -- each of whom has had some form of injury in the past two weeks -- will get plenty of rest between now and the end of the season Sept. 29.

Manager Don Mattingly spent a large part of his afternoon meeting with the Dodgers' medical staff and with the players themselves, to set up their programs for the last nine games. Mattingly said he would lean more toward resting players than fighting hard for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

"We feel like we can win anywhere," Mattingly said. "We feel like we can win on the road, but you want to be healthy."

There was some meaningful on-field activity. Ethier took batting practice on the field for the first time since injuring his ankle two weeks ago and could be playing in games by the final three-game homestand against the Colorado Rockies next weekend.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers

1. Dee Gordon SS
2. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
3. Skip Schumaker 2B
4. Scott Van Slyke LF
5. Tim Federowicz C
6. Nick Buss CF
7. Alex Castellanos RF
8. Drew Butera 1B
9. Edinson Volquez RHP

Padres

1. Will Venable CF
2. Chris Denorfia RF
3. Jedd Gyorko 2B
4. Chase Headley 3B
5. Tommy Medica 1B
6. Kyle Blanks LF
7. Ronny Cedeno SS
8. Nick Hundley C
9. Robbie Erlin

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.301 13 59 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 18
RBIA. Gonzalez 90
RD. Gordon 73
OPSY. Puig .882
WC. Kershaw 16
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194