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:

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The Dodgers’ NLDS roster: This is not a guess.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.

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Watch: Yasiel Puig tapes a Jose Fernandez Dodgers jersey to the dugout wall.

Before the Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies today, the team made a special #16 jersey to honor Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig taped the jersey to the wall of the dugout before the game:

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Game 153: Yasmani Grandal muscles up as Dodgers pester Rockies to death.

The Dodgers were annoying, or good, or maybe both in a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig hopes to play in the Dominican Winter League, which starts play in October and ends in December. Puig is beginning to do more to help the Dodgers than hurt them, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

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