Dodgers nearing full health for playoff push

PHOENIX -- Don Mattingly said he wasn't feeling any urgent need to clinch the division in the next few days, but his lineup Tuesday may have suggested otherwise.

Hanley Ramirez was back at shortstop hitting third and Matt Kemp was starting in center field batting fifth.

The Dodgers have lost nine of 12 entering Tuesday and, if they can't win one of their next three games here, they're left having to look at the scoreboard for help. It's far simpler to take care of matters when the entire race is in front of them.

"I think we're probably thinking a little too much about clinching as opposed to just winning games," pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. "But at the same time, we've got a pretty good lineup out there tonight."

Mattingly said he suspected Ramirez would be healthy enough to play Tuesday when he hit off a tee Monday and felt good. Kemp ran the bases once again before Tuesday's game and Mattingly said he showed less hesitancy while rounding second. Kemp, who was activated Monday but limited to a pinch-hitting appearance, says he feels ready to play now. He has been bothered by ankle and hamstring issues much of the season.

"I'd really rather win tonight, because I know we can't clinch tonight, but we can win tonight," Mattingly said.

Here are the full lineups for tonight:


1. Yasiel Puig RF

2. Mark Ellis 2B

3. Hanley Ramirez SS

4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

5. Matt Kemp CF

6. Juan Uribe 3B

7. Scott Van Slyke LF

8. A.J. Ellis C

9. Zack Greinke RHP


1. Adam Eaton CF

2. Aaron Hill 2B

3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B

4. Eric Chavez 3B

5. Martin Prado LF

6. Miguel Montero C

7. Gerardo Parra RF

8. Didi Gregorius SS

9. Patrick Corbin LHP