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Dodgers juggle starting rotation again

Dodgers juggle batting order again

Dodgers at Red Sox, 5:00 p.m.

  • Matt Kemp, CF

  • Andre Ethier, RF

  • Manny Ramirez, DH

  • James Loney, 1B

  • Garret Anderson, LF

  • Casey Blake, 3B

  • Russell Martin, C

  • Blake DeWitt, 2B

  • Jamey Carroll, SS

  • (Hiroki Kuroda, P)

The Dodgers will do the emergency starter thing on Thursday instead of Saturday, Joe Torre told reporters today. Vicente Padilla's Thursday start has been pushed to Friday, Hiroki Kuroda's Friday start to Saturday.

On the surface it's a strange move, because the Dodgers have an off day July 1, five days after Saturday. So by starting someone – either Charlie Haeger or Claudio Vargas, Torre hinted – on Thursday, they'd have to use that person two times instead of once.

What this hopefully means is that the Dodgers are confident that Chad Billingsley will come off the disabled list in time to start June 29 at San Francisco. Nevertheless, it pushes Hiroki Kuroda out of the San Francisco series, which seems a downer to me.

Here's how things now shape up. Of course, this remains subject to change.

Monday: off day

Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw

Wednesday: John Ely

Thursday: Charlie Haeger or Claudio Vargas

Friday: Vicente Padilla

Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda

Sunday, June 27: Clayton Kershaw

Monday, June 28: John Ely

Tuesday, June 29: Chad Billingsley

Wednesday, June 30: Vicente Padilla

Thursday, July 1: off