Mattingly unveils his Opening Day lineup

March, 20, 2014
Mar 20
SYDNEY -- So, this is where it begins.

It might be happening 7,500 miles from Los Angeles and televised at 1 a.m. on the West Coast. It might be taking place in a cricket stadium in front of fans who are a little hazy on the rules of the game. But it’s still Opening Day, and the Dodgers were beginning to get the familiar butterflies in anticipation of their Saturday opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The teams have been in Sydney since Tuesday.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with where it’s at. You just know that it counts, it’s part of what we’re starting up,” manager Don Mattingly said at his team’s final workout before Opening Day. “I think guys will have the same feeling [Saturday] as they would have anywhere else.”

The Arizona Diamondbacks have one more exhibition game left, against Team Australia, before the teams meet in baseball’s Opening Series Sydney this weekend.

Mattingly announced his Opening Day lineup, which includes Yasiel Puig at leadoff and Justin Turner at second base.

The Dodgers are facing left-hander Wade Miley on Saturday. Dee Gordon likely will start Sunday’s game at second against right-hander Trevor Cahill.

Here is the rest of the Dodgers’ Opening Day lineup:

Yasiel Puig, RF
Justin Turner, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Andre Ethier, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, LHP

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for 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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Yasiel Puig
.307 13 59 70
HRA. Gonzalez 17
RBIA. Gonzalez 83
RY. Puig 70
OPSY. Puig .893
WC. Kershaw 15
ERAC. Kershaw 1.82
SOC. Kershaw 184