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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Adrian Gonzalez expected to play

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

SYDNEY -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to be healthy enough to play in the team's first regular-season game Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez left an exhibition game against Team Australia on Thursday night with some tightness in his lower back, which he later blamed on excessive sightseeing. Gonzalez took some batting practice in the indoor batting cage, but otherwise skipped the Dodgers' workout at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

"He seemed to be fine today," Mattingly said. "We expect him to go tomorrow."

Gonzalez was the Dodgers' steadiest run producer last season, playing in 157 games and leading the team with 100 RBIs.

Mattingly also announced that Justin Turner will start at second base on Saturday. The Dodgers had competition for that job this spring, and it appears they have settled on a Turner-Dee Gordon platoon to start the season.

The Dodgers signed Turner to a minor-league deal in January after he had been nontendered by the New York Mets.

The Dodgers face Arizona left-hander Wade Miley on Saturday. Mattingly said Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff.