Why Joc Pederson is batting leadoff for the first time in his career.

Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson is hitting leadoff for the first time in his major-league career against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images)

Don Mattingly‘s lineup card for Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants is more radically different than perhaps any this season.

Joc Pederson bats first for the first time. Jimmy Rollins bats second for the first time. Howie Kendrick is third, Adrian Gonzalez fourth and Yasmani Grandal seventh — all for the first time in 2015.

“Carl’s (injury) was the biggest” factor for changing the lineup, Mattingly said. “I think as we’ve watched Joc kind of, you know, keep growing, you want to get him in the mix, as far as getting more at-bats.”

Carl Crawford strained his right oblique muscle on Tuesday and is on the 15-day disabled list. Pederson is slashing .296/.458/.556 having batted no higher than seventh this season. His 16 walks are tied for second in the National League and his .458 batting average ranks third.
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Carl Crawford (oblique) lands on the disabled list as Dodgers’ injury carousel spins.

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford runs out his triple in Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Crawford strained his right oblique muscle on the swing. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers’ injury carousel continued to spin Tuesday, when left fielder Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a strain in his right oblique muscle. Crawford received a cortisone shot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Crawford is expected to miss anywhere from two weeks to two months — an informal timetable offered by Don Mattingly on Tuesday. A more exact timetable is expected in the coming days.

Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s spot on the active roster and is starting in center field today against the San Francisco Giants. Alex Guerrero is getting his first start in left field while Scott Van Slyke starts in right field against Madison Bumgarner, a left-handed pitcher.
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Game 8: Dodgers 6, Mariners 5.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick breaks his bat on the game-winning single Tuesday. The hit drove in Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on a walk-off single in their final at-bat. This time it was Howie Kendrick playing the hero. You can read my game story here for the full details of how it went down, and hear Kendrick’s postgame comments here and here.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Prior to the game I talked to pitcher Yimi Garcia. He explained how his 20-year-old brother Jairo, a pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system, helped him with his slider over the winter. The small change seems to have made a big difference so far.

Since I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone before deadline, here were the key points in the clubhouse after the game:

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