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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Red-hot Hairston starts again for Dodgers

By Tony Jackson

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly insists he isn't using a platoon situation with first baseman James Loney, who once again is out of the starting lineup against a left-hander tonight, this time the Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor. Instead, Mattingly said, it's all about keeping the sizzling Jerry Hairston in the lineup whenever possible.

And so, once again, Juan Rivera will move to first base to replace Loney, leaving left field for Hairston, who was signed this winter to be a utility man but who is hitting .296 with a .406 on-base percentage in limited time this year.

"I still want to keep Jerry in the mix because he has been swinging the bat good,'' Mattingly said. "We're in a patch of quite a few (opposing) lefties, and James is swinging the bat batter. I want to try to keep him going in that direction.''

Loney, by the way, is hitting .182 against lefties this season. Here is tonight's lineup, without him in it:

Dee Gordon, SS

Mark Ellis, 2B

Matt Kemp, CF

Juan Rivera, 1B

Andre Ethier, RF

Jerry Hairston, LF

Juan Uribe, 3B

A.J. Ellis, C

Aaron Harang, RH