Dodgers’ opening day lineup features Andrew Toles leading off, Yasiel Puig eighth.

Andrew Toles

Andrew Toles is one of two Dodgers who will appear on their first opening day roster today. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Andrew Toles didn’t merely make his first opening day roster Monday. He’ll get the Dodgers’ first plate appearance of the new season.

Toles is leading off against the San Diego Padres in the first game of the season for both teams.

“We like Andrew in the batter’s box against right-handed pitchers,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To get at-bats in there, the speed element, and have Corey (Seager) behind him — also, just to have Logan (Forsythe) somewhere in the middle to break up Adrian (Gonzalez), Joc (Pederson) and Yasmani (Grandal), there’s a lot of similarities with those guys. To have a right-handed grinder-type bat in the middle, it also sandwiches Adrian around two right-handed bats. Strategically it could be a benefit for us.”

Here are the complete lineups for both teams:

Dodgers                                                Padres

Andrew Toles LF                                    Manuel Margot CF
Corey Seager SS                                   Wil Myers 1B
Justin Turner 3B                                     Yangervis Solarte 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B                               Hunter Renfroe RF
Logan Forsythe 2B                                 Ryan Schimpf 3B
Joc Pederson CF                                   Austin Hedges C
Yasmani Grandal C                                Erick Aybar SS
Yasiel Puig RF                                        Jhoulys Chacin P
Clayton Kershaw P                                Travis Jankowski LF

This is the first time that Puig has batted eighth since last June, and only the fifth time he’s done so in his career.

“Yasiel, we’re looking for him to be consistent,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That quality needs to be consistent, versus left(-handed pitchers) and versus right. I really didn’t see that throughout the spring against right-handed pitching. With Andrew against a right-handed pitcher, I like that at-bat quality. I hope Yasiel makes it tough on me to hit him down there. If he does that, and he plays to what we all know he can and what he expects of himself, then it could change the construction of the lineup.”

Today’s opening day is historic for another reason: It’s Joe Davis’ home debut as the Dodgers’ play-by-play man. Colleague Tom Hoffarth spoke to Davis about that occasion.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.