Mike Scioscia just annonced the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS in Boston.
Chone Figgins 3b
Garret Anderson LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Torii Hunter CF
Juan Rivera RF
Mike Napoli C
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Hunter’s hyperextended left knee is feeling just fine after sitting out Saturday’s workout. Kendrick (0-for-9 with five strikeouts) drops to the No. 8 spot as expected.
Not only will Jeff Mathis start at catcher in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday – taking his regular spot with Ervin Santana pitching – but a change in the outfield is expected as well.
With Gary Matthews Jr. feeling the effects from a sore knee while batting left-handed, he isn’t likely to start in Game 2. Either Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales will be in right field tonight against Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, although Matthews hasn’t been completely ruled out.
Justin Speier isn’t on the roster for the ALDS, so he took it upon himself to lighten the mood in the clubhouse Thursday a day after the Game 1 defeat to the Red Sox.
Dressed in a wet suit and wearing flippers on his feet, Speier burst into the clubhouse shouting, “Is there practice today? Is there practice today?” To make the scene complete, Speier was carrying a Boogie Board and wet down his hair and face.
The scene drew big laughs, especially when Speier twice nearly stumbled while trying to walk with the flippers.
It happened just before Wednesday’s game when the Red Sox were taking batting practice. The Dodgers game was playing on the large video boards and Manny Ramirez hit a home run. The cheer was really in jest toward Ramirez’s former teammates, which goes to show that an Angel fan can cheer on the Dodgers if it’s for the right reasons. As for the moment the Dodgers victory was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard, nobody really seemed to care.