CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.
Here are a few interviews from after the game:
Clayton Kershaw meets with former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach before the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)
ARLINGTON, Texas — Whether facing a crafty veteran (Yovani Gallardo) or a pitcher four games into his major-league career (Chi Chi Gonzalez), the Dodgers simply could not score in Texas. Then Justin Turner homered in the ninth inning Tuesday — the Dodgers’ familiar flair for the dramatic resurfacing — before Robinson Chirinos walked off Josh Ravin with a solo shot. Two runs suddenly seemed meager and inadequate.
That was the theme of the series, and it’s becoming the theme of the season — at least away from home and especially against .500-or-better teams.
Tonight’s box score is here. The Giants won, so the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is back to 2 ½ games.
Jimmy Rollins batted ninth for the first time in his long career.
Alex Guerrero isn’t in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ first game this season in an American League park, where they can use a designated hitter. (Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, Texas — With Justin Turner promoted to everyday third baseman status
, Alex Guerrero
is arguably the best hitter remaining on the Dodgers’ bench.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo throws right-handed. Guerrero (a right-handed hitter) is slashing .286/.322/.655 in 90 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season.
Yet Alberto Callaspo is playing third base instead. Callaspo (a switch hitter) is slashing .250/.331/.310 against right-handed pitchers this season.
So why is Callaspo in the lineup and Guerrero isn’t?
“It came down to Adrian (Gonzalez) or (Guerrero). Really, once JT plays first, then it’s a matchup between Callaspo and Alex,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If Alex, I felt, was a better matchup, I probably would’ve played him at third.”
Justin Turner is playing first base, while Adrian Gonzalez will get a day as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. Here’s the complete lineup: