Dave Roberts flip-flops his position on Dodgers’ number-2 and number-3 hitters.

SAN FRANCISCO — For the better part of the last five months, if Dave Roberts had Corey Seager and Justin Turner in the lineup, he had them batting in that order. Seager, then Turner.

To wit: Seager has been the Dodgers’ number-2 hitter in 118 different lineups this season (103 more than the next guy). Turner has been the number-3 hitter in 109 different lineups (85 more than the next guy).

Now, on back-to-back days on the final weekend of the season, the order has been reversed. Turner is batting second and Seager is third again Saturday against the Giants.

It’s an arrangement that could continue into October, Roberts said:

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Game 160: Giants treat Brandon McCarthy like a flower child in the outfield.

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Brandon McCarthy faced six San Francisco Giants batters without recording an out; all six scored in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon McCarthy‘s odds of making the postseason roster as a reliever took a dive in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.

Dave Roberts is stressing the positives against left-handed pitchers.

There are Vin Scully Awards in Los Angeles and New York City. Cooperstown should follow suit, writes colleague Tom Hoffarth.

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Activists rush field during Dodgers-Giants game, raising awareness of Angel Pagan. Update.

SAN FRANCISCO — Two activists who rushed the field during the fourth inning of Friday’s Giants-Dodgers game did little to raise awareness of animals, but at least one of them raised awareness of Angel Pagan‘s WWE-caliber takedown prowess. See for yourself:

A closer look reveals the man extending a white flower to Pagan, the Giants’ left fielder, who for a moment appears ready to receive the “gift,” then changes his mind:

#bodyslam #pagan #dodgers #giants

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First guess at the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster.

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Andre Ethier could be on the bubble for a National League Division Series roster spot. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers have three games left in the regular season, and manager Dave Roberts said that players are still being evaluated for possible postseason roles. It’s already gotten a little weird.

Thursday, Julio Urias started, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood relieved, and 13 different position players got into the game. Here was the defensive alignment in the ninth inning:

Things will get normal soon enough. The Dodgers must trim their active roster to 25 players after Sunday. Here’s our first guess at who will make the roster:
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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is a candidate for Marvin Miller award.

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Third baseman Justin Turner co-leads the Dodgers with 27 home runs this season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)


SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is one of three finalists for the Marvin Miller Man Of The Year Award, given by the MLB Players’ Association to the player “who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community.”

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are the other finalists.
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