The Dodgers have made a few lineup changes for the last game of the series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
Today's Dodger lineup vs. Padres:
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Chase Utley gets the start at second base, Logan Forsythe slides over to third base and Justin Turner gets his first day off of the season. Austin Barnes is also filling in at catcher for Yasmani Grandal.
Barnes catching, Utley at 2B, Forsythe 3B, Turner getting the day off
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It seems a little early to start resting starters, but the Dodgers will be playing seven consecutive days with multiple day games by the time that the team finishes their series against the Rockies in Colorado over the weekend.
Due to the team playing in Colorado, it makes sense that Dave Roberts would sit two of his biggest bats in the lineup at Dodger Stadium so that he can use them in the hitter’s heaven that is Coors Field.
Logan Forsythe received extra reps at third base over the spring to get himself comfortable at the hot corner to fill in on days the Dodgers decide to rest Justin Turner.
This will be Chase Utley and Austin Barnes’ first starts of the season.