Dodgers center field update: Still not a platoon, according to Dave Roberts.

Trayce Thompson

Trayce Thompson (left) and Joc Pederson (center) have shared center field duties this season for the Dodgers. (Getty Images)


When is a platoon not a platoon?

Answer: When you’re Dave Roberts and you’ve started right-handed hitter Trayce Thompson in center field five times, against a left-handed starter each time, and left-handed hitter Joc Pederson has started every other game — all against right-handed pitchers.

Roberts had an opportunity to clarify the arrangement Wednesday, when Thompson got his sixth start of the season against Miami Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino.

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Game 13: Joc Pederson’s redemption gives the Dodgers a series win.

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Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal celebrate Pederson’s two-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

Joc Pederson followed his poor game Saturday with a great one Sunday, giving the Dodgers a series win and putting his off-season hitting work into sharp focus. The box score is here.

Kenley Jansen had a great week, and is living in the moment rather than focusing on his impending free agency..

Sunday’s game was the first this season that wasn’t blacked out to non-TWC/Charter subscribers in Southern California. The Dodgers’ TV deal might create a lost generation of young fans, writes David Montero.

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Scott Van Slyke leaves game in the third inning with lower back tightness.

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Scott Van Slyke was anointed the Dodgers’ starting left fielder Saturday morning, then left the game after three innings with back stiffness. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Van Slyke was removed in the third inning of the Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday with lower back tightness.

Van Slyke batted with the bases loaded against Madison Bumgarner and was hit on his left forearm or elbow, driving in a run. But on the previous swing-and-miss, he was seen grimacing, which might have prompted the team to remove him as a precaution.

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Chase Utley, 37, is the Dodgers’ Opening Day leadoff hitter.

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Chase Utley has two hits in 11 plate appearances leading off a game in his career. He’ll lead off Monday against the San Diego Padres. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


SAN DIEGO — Chase Utley had been in eight Opening Day lineups before today, but never had he been penciled into the leadoff slot.
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Corey Seager (knee) and Joc Pederson (?) leave Dodgers’ game against Angels.

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Corey Seager went 1 for 2 with a single against the Angels on Friday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and center fielder Joc Pederson exited the Dodgers’ 8-4 loss to the Angels on Friday earlier than usual.
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