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Luis Cruz moves well to his left

4/3/2013

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Sellers made two throwing errors to help usher in a couple of unearned runs in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. The next day, Sellers was not in the lineup, replaced at shortstop by Luis Cruz and in the lineup by Juan Uribe.

Coincidence? Exactly, according to manager Don Mattingly.

"I knew I'd get that question early," Mattingly said. "I told Sells early on that you all were going to question it, but he'll be back out there."

The Dodgers have had three different lineups in their first three games, perhaps a bit of a surprise given their relative health in spring training and the number of established players they have on their roster. Mattingly is trying to keep Uribe in the mix after a spring in which he batted .333, and he is giving Carl Crawford some extra time to recover coming off elbow surgery.

The swing man is Cruz, who played 12 professional seasons as a shortstop before moving to third to accommodate Hanley Ramirez last season. Cruz is going to have to get accustomed to moving back and forth between the positions, probably until Ramirez returns. The Dodgers haven't said whether Ramirez will return to shortstop, where he struggled, or play another position.

"I don't have the range of Dee [Gordon] or Sellers, but I can do it," Cruz said. "It's not that big of a deal for me."

Here are the rest of the lineups:

San Francisco Giants

1. Angel Pagan CF

2. Marco Scutaro 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval 3B

4. Buster Posey 1B

5. Hunter Pence RF

6. Hector Sanchez C

7. Gregor Blanco LF

8. Brandon Crawford SS

9. Tim Lincecum RHP

Dodgers

1. Carl Crawford LF

2. Skip Schumaker 2B

3. Matt Kemp CF

4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

5. Andre Ethier RF

6. Luis Cruz SS

7. Juan Uribe 3B

8. A.J. Ellis C

9. Josh Beckett RHP