Mattingly starts regulars hoping to clinch

September, 19, 2013
9/19/13
11:53
AM PT
PHOENIX – Don Mattingly’s lineup Thursday had a “get-it-over-with-already,” vibe.

Matt Kemp, who just came off the disabled list four days ago, was starting his third straight game. Hanley Ramirez was playing again, even though Mattingly indicated he likely would get the day game off as the Dodgers try to nurse him through an irritated nerve in his back.

Adrian Gonzalez was out of the lineup, but that’s only because he has a mildly strained quadriceps, and Carl Crawford was sitting, but that was performance-based. He’s batting .208 against left-handed pitchers this season and Arizona is starting lefty Wade Miley.

All in all, the Dodgers would love to get a win Thursday and clinch the National League West. Otherwise, they have to win two games in San Diego this weekend or have Arizona cooperate by losing before they can relax and start setting their team up for a playoff run.

Far tidier to take care of things Thursday.

“The toughest thing is, right now, nothing’s really done,” Mattingly said. “So, even though it looks really good, you’re not really where you want to be yet.”

Here are the rest of the lineups:

Los Angeles

1. Yasiel Puig RF
2. Jerry Hairston Jr. 1B
3. Hanley Ramirez SS
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Mark Ellis 2B
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Scott Van Slyke LF
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Ricky Nolasco RHP

Diamondbacks

1. Adam Eaton LF
2. A.J. Pollock CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Martin Prado 3B
5. Aaron Hill 2B
6. Miguel Montero C
7. Didi Gregorius SS
8. Gerardo Parra RF
9. Wade Miley LHP

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Dan Haren
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.16 20 25
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Gordon .375
HRA. Gonzalez 5
RBIA. Gonzalez 17
RA. Gonzalez 13
OPSA. Gonzalez .946
ERAH. Ryu 1.93
SOZ. Greinke 29